Mueller documents: Manafort pushed Ukraine hack theory

DOJ releases 500 pages of Mueller probe interviews and emails to BuzzFeed

Mueller documents: Manafort pushed Ukraine hack theory

"[Rick] Gates recalled a time on the advertising and marketing campaign plane when candidate Trump said, "derive the emails.' [Michael] Flynn said he might well per chance also utilize his intelligence sources to affect the emails", investigators wrote in a abstract of Gates" April 2018 interview with Mueller's staff. Flynn turned into as soon as a global policy adviser on the advertising and marketing campaign and grew to turn into Trump's first nationwide security adviser.

In his report released in April, Mueller concluded there was a "sweeping and systematic" effort by Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favor, utilizing e-mails hacked from Democratic party officials and a social-media campaign to spread disinformation.

In addition, Trump told Gates that "more leaks were coming" after the initial DNC hack, although the Mueller investigation did not conclusively find evidence to charge Trump with collusion. "Kilimnik also opined the hack could have been perpetrated by Russian operatives in Ukraines".

Information related to Ukraine took on renewed interest after calls for impeachment based on efforts by the president and his administration to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden. "The server, they say Ukraine has it".

Emails by Bannon showed that Manafort was advising the Trump campaign just days before the election, despite being fired in August. "Paul is nice guy [sic] but we can't let word get out he is advising us". U.S. intelligence later stated that the emails had been hacked by Russian spies and handed over to WikiLeaks.

"Flynn had the most Russian Federation contacts of anybody on the advertising and marketing campaign and turned into as soon as within the most efficient location to quiz for the emails if they were accessible", the investigators also wrote about Gates' interview.

"Flynn, [Redacted] [Jeff] Sessions, Kushner, and [Donald] Trump Jr. were all focused on opposition topics", Gates told investigators, according to the interview summary.

Manafort speculated about Ukraine's responsibility as the campaign sought to capitalise on DNC email disclosures and as Trump associates discussed how they could get hold of the material themselves, deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates told investigators, according to a summary of one of his interviews. WikiLeaks was the website that published the stolen emails in the weeks before the election.

"Trump was generally frustrated Clinton's missing emails had not been found", Mr Gates said in an interview, the notes show.

It also appears to present a link between the now-completed Mueller probe and the Democratic-led House of Representatives impeachment inquiry of Trump's dealings with Kyiv.

According to documents, "COHEN has to keep TRUMP out of the messaging related to Russian Federation and keep TRUMP out of the Russian Federation conversation", in preparation for his testimony in 2017 to Congress. In the email, Manafort said he was "focusing on preserving the victory" and that he had sent a memo to Priebus and had briefed Gates and Fox News host Sean Hannity, a close Trump ally.

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