As the trial and sentencing of Trump campaign advisor Paul Manafort proceeds, more damning information continues to emerge.
In March of 2016—when he worked with the campaign—Manafort met with an alleged spy, Vice News reports.
Manafort apparently had email contact with his “right-hand man” from Ukraine, Konstantin Kilimnik. Their topic of discussion was a billionaire former business partner, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
“How do we use to get whole?” Manafort asked Kilimnik in an April email. He also pointed to the media coverage surrounding his role with the Trump campaign. In July, Manafort followed up on his cryptic question by telling Kilimnik to offer “private briefings” to Deripaska.
Deripaska is apparently one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest billionaire allies.
In August, Manafort and Kiliminik met in a cigar lounge close to Trump Tower.
According to investigators on at least one occasion Kiliminik traveled on the Russian billionaire’s private jet to meet with Manafort.