This is not an article about how Russian interference in the 2016 election was the single worst thing that ever happened.
The purpose here is to point out that Paul Manafort, his campaign manager for a key stretch of the campaign, appears to have worked regularly with a Russian intelligence agent during that time.
Specifically, Manafort's deputy, Rick Gates, said he was instructed to share campaign polling data with Kilimnik.
The report—which, again, Republican allies of Donald Trump signed their names to—characterized Kilimnik as a "Russian intelligence officer.".
Konstantin Kilimnik (Kilimnik) is a Russian and Ukrainian political consultant and known Russian Intelligence Services agent implementing influence operations on their behalf.
During the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, Kilimnik provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.
Now we're talking "strategy," too, and Treasury says outright that Kilimnik provided the info to Russian intelligence. »