By Jon Dougherty
It is becoming more apparent by the day to all except hard-core Democrat voters that Robert Mueller a) was never really the ‘stand-up guy’ and Boy Scout he was made out to be; and b) that the report he filed with the Justice Department to close out his special counsel probe of POTUS Donald Trump was pure garbage.
In a bombshell report Thursday, ace investigative reporter John Solomon wrote inÂ The Hill that a key figure Mueller mentioned in his report as having ties to Russia and, by default, to the 2016 Trump campaign, was actually an intelligence source for the State Department.
Let’s say that again: He was a deep state source for the U.S. government, not an ally of Comrade Putin and the Kremlin.
Mueller’s report noted that Ukrainian businessman, Konstantin Kilimnik â€” the so-called Russian who one-time Trump campaign chairman and businessman Paul Manafort shared internal polling data with isnâ€™t a Moscow operative…heâ€™s actually as a â€œsensitiveâ€ intelligence source for the U.S. State Department who passed along information on Ukrainian and Russian matters, reported Solomon.
Solomon reviewed hundreds of pages of U.S. government documents that prove without any doubt that Kilimnik is certainly a State Department intel source.
What’s more, Mueller and his team of Democrat-donating prosecutors had that info in 2018.
The incomplete portrayal of Kilimnik is so important to Muellerâ€™s overall narrative that it is raised in the opening of his report. â€œThe FBI assessesâ€ Kilimnik â€œto have ties to Russian intelligence,â€ Muellerâ€™s team wrote on page 6, putting a sinister light on every contact Kilimnik had with Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.
What it doesnâ€™t state is that Kilimnik was a â€œsensitiveâ€ intelligence source for State going back to at least 2013 while he was still working for Manafort, according to FBI and State Department memos I reviewed.
Kilimnik was not just any run-of-the-mill source, either.
He interacted with the chief political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, sometimes meeting several times a week to provide information on the Ukraine government. He relayed messages back to Ukraineâ€™s leaders and delivered written reports to U.S. officials via emails that stretched on for thousands of words, the memos show.
The FBI knew all of this, well before the Mueller investigation concluded.
Alan Purcell, the chief political officer at the Kiev embassy from 2014 to 2017, told FBI agents that State officials, including senior embassy officials Alexander Kasanof and Eric Schultz, deemed Kilimnik to be such a valuable asset that they kept his name out of cables for fear he would be compromised by leaks to WikiLeaks.
Mueller portrayed Kilimnik as being a Kremlin sympathizer, despite the fact that his investigators and prosecutors — which included 40 FBI agents attached to his probe — had information informing them about his ties to the State Department, as well as Kilimnikâ€™s intelligence reports to the U.S. Embassy, Solomon noted.
In fact, Solomon notes that FBI sources told him Kilimnik was ticked off over Russia’s illegal annexation of the Crimea, once part of Ukraine, so he was hardly a Moscow sympathizer.
Muellerâ€™s report also claims that Kilimnik brought a â€˜peace planâ€™ to the Trump campaign for settling the Crimea conflict between Russia and Ukraine. However, that’s not accurate, either.
In fact, according to State Department emails reviewed by Solomon, the same plan was actually given to the Obama Administration in May of 2016 — during Kilimnikâ€™s visit to Washington D.C.:
â€œKilimnik requested the meeting to deliver in person a peace plan for Ukraine that Manafort acknowledged to the Special Counselâ€™s Office was a â€˜backdoorâ€™ way for Russia to control part of eastern Ukraine,â€ the Mueller report stated.
But State emails showed Kilimnik first delivered a version of his peace plan in May 2016 to the Obama administration during a visit to Washington. Kasanof, his former handler at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, had been promoted to a top policy position at State, and the two met for dinner on May 5, 2016.
The day after the dinner, Kilimnik sent an email to Kasanofâ€™s official State email address recounting the peace plan they had discussed the night before.
â€œSo Kilimnikâ€™s delivery of the peace plan to the Trump campaign in August 2016 was flagged by Mueller as potentially nefarious, but its earlier delivery to the Obama administration wasnâ€™t mentioned. Thatâ€™s what many in the intelligence world might call ‘deception by omission,'” Solomon wrote.
Who had Ukrainian-Russian contacts and connections during 2016? That would be the Clinton campaign — which Mueller and his garbage ‘investigation’ never touched.
Lawmakers…well,Â Republican lawmakers…are all over this.
“The best day the Democrats had and will have was the day Robert Mueller spokeâ€¦ As we look at the Mueller report, there are multiple omissions, (exculpatory omissions)â€¦ other material facts are just not accurate in the Mueller Reportâ€¦ Jim Jordan and I are getting prepared, and I tell you the deeper we dive the more problems we find,” House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) toldÂ Fox News‘ Sean Hannity Thursday night.
Here’s hoping Attorney General William Barr and, more importantly U.S. Attorney John ‘Bull’ Durham, are all over this, too.
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