The Biden administration hit Russia with broad and potentially crippling sanctions today, in response to Russia’s various antics against the United States over the past several years. This is a major development, but was fully expected. However, one aspect of today’s sanctions is catching everyone off guard – well, most people.
Back when Robert Mueller still had a job, he revealed in a publicly available court filing that Paul Manafort had given Trump 2016 internal campaign polling data to Russian spy Konstantin Kilimnik during the election. But when Mueller turned in his final report, he inexplicably concluded that he’d found no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
What happened? Was the court filing a mistake? Did the evidence turn out to be bad? We never got to find out, because Bill Barr buried the real Mueller report and released a dishonestly edited version of it instead. But today the Biden administration announced that Kilimnik “provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.” In other words, this 100% confirms what Mueller originally claimed he had uncovered, before it got buried.
This turns out to be two major stories. First, this proves that Trump-Russia collusion really did take place during the 2016 election. The Kremlin actively sought, and received, Trump internal polling data from Trump’s campaign chairman. We still don’t have proof of why, but the logical reason would be that the Kremlin used this polling data to figure out precisely which voters to target with the false ads that its cutout Cambridge Analytica was running on Facebook. In other words, not only did Trump-Russia collusion happen, it’s very likely that Russia did in fact alter the outcome of the election as a result of that collusion.
Second, this means that when Robert Mueller officially found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, this was a lie and a coverup. Mueller did in fact have specific proof of collusion, and the U.S. government is now publicly confirming that proof. Did Mueller lie in his report, or did Bill Barr and Rod Rosenstein lie about what Mueller said in his report? To be clear, whoever lied committed felony obstruction of justice. It’s now more important than ever that the unredacted Mueller report be released, so the right people at the DOJ can go to prison for obstruction.
Since no one else will give us credit for it, we’ll also briefly point out that this fully vindicates Palmer Report’s coverage of the Trump-Russia scandal. We told you that Trump-Russia collusion clearly took place. We told you that the polling data was the clincher. And when Mueller supposedly announced that there was no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, we told you that his report had obviously been falsified or doctored. Now the United States government is publicly confirming that all of this is true. It was there in plain sight all along; we were simply unafraid to point it out.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report