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Reporter games out a theory on why Manafort shared polling data with former Russian translator

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There is still no definitive answer within special counsel Robert Mueller’s report — or at least, within the unredacted portions of it — why President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data with Konstantin Kilmnik, a veteran of the Soviet military with ties to the Ukrainian government.

But journalist Michael Weiss laid out a possible explanation, based on the publicly available evidence, of why Manafort could have done it:

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Although Mueller’s report does not appear to answer this question directly, it provides several hints of context behind Manafort’s relationship with Kilmnik, according to Bloomberg News.

“Manafort was seeking to end a long-running business dispute with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. The associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, was peddling a peace plan that would give Moscow more influence in eastern Ukraine,” noted Bloomberg. “And Deripaska, who knew both Manafort and Kilimnik from the years of political consulting they had provided to him, was looking to reverse years of visa woes that had crimped his ability to move freely about the U.S.”

Mueller’s report also revealed how Deripaska paid and loaned Manafort tens of millions of dollars over the course of their business relationship, at the same time that Manafort was advising pro-Putin politicians in Ukraine like Viktor Yanukovych. Furthermore, Deripaska and Manafort had fallen out, with the former suing the latter for $26 million over a failed TV deal.

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Manafort additionally offered Deripaska “private briefings” on the Trump campaign directly, although those briefings never took place.


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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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