As Paul Manafort anticipates transfer to RIKERS ISLAND to await charges by the state of New York for additional financial crimes, John Solomon reports that Robert Mueller’s special counsel report significantly distorted the background of a Ukrainian businessman with whom Manafort had business ties, saying that he was a Russian intel agent.

 

Sounds sinister, doesn’t it? But Konstantin Kilimnik was, in reality, a ‘sensitive’ intelligence source for the U.S. State Department, not Russia. He was one of their most reliable and valuable sources on what was going on inside the Ukrainian government. State Department officials had told the FBI that it didn’t seem Kilimnik held any allegiance to Moscow at all, and that he was, in fact, highly critical of Russia’s invasion of Crimea. Mueller had to be well aware of all this. He had had in his possession since 2018 hundreds of pages of government documents such as “302” interview reports, from both the FBI and State Department, that attested to this. By leaving it out and painting Kilimnik as a Russian agent, he managed to make former Trump campaign chairman Manafort look like a possible conspirator.


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Mueller and his team had to know that Kilimnik visited the United States twice in 2016 to meet with State Department officials, and that for years, going back to 2013, he met regularly, sometimes several times a week, with the top political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. He sent lengthy written email reports to U.S. officials. In other words, he was on our side. But you would never know this from reading the report, because THEY LEFT IT OUT.

 

This seems very much in character for Mueller (or, just as likely, his infamous right-hand man Andrew Weissmann, known for deep-sixing exculpatory material); he also deceptively edited the transcript of a voicemail from former Trump attorney John Dowd to the attorney for Michael Flynn, making a perfectly appropriate and proper conversation between lawyers seem like obstruction of justice.

 

Mueller is just as adept as James Comey’s FBI was at strategically omitting information. The FISA application to spy on Carter Page said HE was suspected of being a Russian agent (when they knew he wasn't) but hid their knowledge that the Steele “dossier” was political opposition research against Trump that had been funded by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, with money funneled through their law firm. That would have been something to include, wouldn’t it??

Sean Hannity pointed out on his Thursday night show that Solomon is not the first reporter to raise questions about Kilimnik; for example, Kenneth Vogel and Andrew Kramer wrote at great length about him in The New York Times on February 23 of this year. (“Russian spy or hustling political operative? The enigmatic figure at the heart of Mueller’s inquiry...”) But what’s new is the observation that Mueller knowingly left out information about Kilimnik to more easily paint him as a Russian agent.

 

But, hey, by twisting the story, they really juiced up their report. As John Solomon writes, “The incomplete portrayal of Kilimnik is so important to Mueller’s overall narrative that it is raised in

the opening of his report. ‘The FBI assesses’ Kilimnik ‘to have ties to Russian intelligence,’ Mueller’s team wrote on page 6, putting a sinister light on every contact Kilimnik had with Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.”


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“And [Kilimnik] had that recent contact [with U.S. intel] in March of 2016, just as he [Manafort] was being named to the President’s campaign. How does that stay a secret for so long?” Solomon asked. “Somebody didn’t want us to get a complete picture, that’s what.”

 

Another distortion is Mueller’s portrayal of Kilimnik’s delivery to the Trump campaign of a peace plan for settling the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine over Crimea. This was in August of 2016. What the report fails to mention is that Kilimnik had already presented this plan...to the Obama administration, three months earlier during a trip to Washington. He offered it to Alexander Kasanof, his former handler at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, who (get this) by then had been promoted to a top policy position at the State Department. (That’s the level of trust we’re talking about.) Kilimnik was thanked for the plan and told that it was “very important for us to know.”

 

Mueller’s report says nothing about Kilimnik’s previous delivery of the plan to the Obama State Department.

 

Also, the fact that he was able to travel to the U.S. to meet with State officials tells us that he was never flagged in visa databases as a foreign intelligence threat.

 

Solomon has tons of confirmation that Mueller’s team had all this documentation and must have been aware of Kilimnik’s true alliances, which apparently weren’t sinister at all. Just the opposite, in fact. Of course, with Kilimnik’s Russian connections, he surely DID have contact over the years with Russian intelligence figures, but perhaps those very contacts helped make his information especially valuable to our State Department. His work as a trusted intel source for the State Department needed to be figured into Mueller’s report, but Mueller studiously ignored it.

 

So, as Mueller slinks away, the question is, how else did he shape the narrative? What else did he leave out?


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Key figure that Mueller report linked to Russia was a State Department intel source

In related news, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents and is currently awaiting sentencing, reportedly wants to fire his attorneys. However, on Thursday evening Judge Emmet Sullivan blocked this move, although it was on procedural grounds. According to the Washington Examiner, Flynn is preparing to withdraw his guilty plea.

 

GOOD.

 

We’ve followed Flynn’s story for a long time. Recall that during the transition, as he was moving boxes into his new office as Trump’s new national security adviser, two FBI officials –- Peter Strzok (that’s right) and Joe Pietka –- sent by then-FBI Director James Comey dropped in to, uh, clear up a few questions they had about some of his contacts. His deputy, Andrew McCabe, had casually set this up in a phone call, making out that it was no big deal, just a formality. Flynn had asked McCabe if he should have a lawyer and was specifically told no.

 

We know now that this was a bogus interview; they already knew exactly what Flynn had said in the phone conversations they asked him about because they had surveilled him and unmasked his name. (Someone also illegally leaked it to the Washington Post –- a serious crime.) Sally Yates had set this obvious perjury trap in motion by expressing concerns that Flynn might have violated the Logan Act (!) by having contacts that actually were perfectly appropriate for someone in his job during a presidential transition.

 

Comey even joked later in a 2018 TV interview that he wouldn’t have tried something like this –- casually dropping by and questioning someone without a lawyer –- during previous administrations, only during the “chaos” of Trump’s transition period. Real funny. What he and his cohorts did ruined the life and reputation of a distinguished military man who served his country for many years.

 

We now know that even the agents who interviewed Flynn didn’t think he was actually trying to be deceptive. It seems obvious that he pleaded guilty only because he was out of money and just couldn’t continue the legal fight. (There were also reports that they were threatening to go after his son, too.) But since then, we’ve figured out what this really was, and so has he. Perhaps he also has a new source of legal funds; I pray that’s the case, as this man was set up from the get-go. If he wants to change his plea now, so be it!

 

Apparently, this honorable man still has some fight left in him.

 

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  • Sue Parks

    06/16/2019 09:47 AM

    When is something going to be done with these crooks? I am tired of seeing all this information and nothing happening.

  • Rosalia Li Bassi

    06/10/2019 02:18 PM

    The real question is when is the political persecution of the Trump associates going to end? The democrats plan to eliminate any opposition is so transparent it is not even funny. Unfortunately for we the people there seems to be no hope and no recourse. The framers were right about parties. People end up caring more about their ideology than their country. Thanks for the chance to express my frustration and disappointment with the system. God Bless

  • Jim Witmyer

    06/09/2019 07:13 PM

    So, is Barr going to investigate all of this? Or is it going to be swept under the rug as most democrat transgression are? If these people (clinton cabal) are not indicted then we do not have a country. It is time for indictments to be handed down. No more two-tiered justice system. If they get away with it, we are no more than a banana republic.

  • Waylon Bush

    06/09/2019 03:56 PM

    Shouldn't Mueller and all the other "coup-conspirators" be serving time at Rikers? If any of you think any consequences will befall the,"coup-conspirators", don't hold your breath. The +- 30 million should be given to General Flynn. I know, it's absurd.

  • Robert Butler

    06/08/2019 11:38 AM

    I hope Flynn does change his plea and the case is thrown out of court and then Mr. Flynn files a billion dollar lawsuit against the FBI and Robert Mueller!

  • Joanne Schmidt

    06/08/2019 10:25 AM

    Can't the GOP judiciary committee in the Senate subpoena Mueller and ask him these questions? How is it the GOP controls the Senate and the executive branch yet the Democrat-controlled House seems to have all the power? I truly worry that the Democrat-controlled media--which is about 90%-- is poisoning the electorate about Trump and his administration.

  • Sharon Bolling

    06/08/2019 03:24 AM

    I have tried to have faith that anyone who had served as a U.S. Marine would not betray the precepts of our country. It hurts my soul to finally know Mueller, and all those associated in this scheme, are traitors to the USA. May they all rot in hell for the damage they have done to our country, our faith in government, but especially to Gen. Flynn. I hope he sues every last one of them -- down to their very last penny.

  • Annette Bates

    06/08/2019 01:58 AM

    If the FISA warrants prove to be fraudulently obtained, will not all evidence be deemed inadmissible under the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine?

  • Cecilia Sotomayor

    06/07/2019 10:46 PM

    Excellent article. Eager to see justice.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    06/07/2019 07:23 PM

    Mexican tariffs: Which costs taxpayers more: tariff costs or costs of illegals coming over border?
    [and what are those latter costs?]

  • Jerry Korba

    06/07/2019 06:10 PM

    Look for the Socialists to become (if possible) more asinine as the our President gains more respect around the World as he demonstrates how powerful positions act on the world stage. Look at the petty action of Nanci on her stage she is a bumbling stumbling unfit leader that can not get big issues resolved, at an enormous price tag, over budget and no performance, would you like to dispute that Nanci let me know. You are so disgraceful you can not handle the fact you do not have the pedigree of Donald Trump who can show grace and charm on the world stage when the need is there, and the strength and confidence when needed. Nanci the big reason you are so envious of Donald he builds things that are needed unlike you; Nanci you're
    good at one thing destroying things that are needed. Oh Congrats on your idea of how to beautify SF nice work building homes for Rats and open sewer systems is it possible you get the picture???????? Before you can get visitors to come to your 3rd world city better set up a clinic so people can be vaccinated many health issue there another great idea how to build things, moron. Just maybe thats why you want Donald in prison he is great and you're not can't beat him put him in prison. MORON!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Terry Hosmer

    06/07/2019 04:36 PM

    Lies and deception are the attributes of a main character in the bible, the devil. You know Governor he can't change. It is very likely that the devil and some of your character's in this article are related!

  • Marie E. volpe

    06/07/2019 03:58 PM

    After reading this I’m so angry I’m besides myself. I just a regular person first to attend college in my family very patriotic and proud to be an American. However, this is not the America I grew up in I hate to read that anyone who wore the American uniform and went into battle and spilled blood should be treated so badly. Please start a go fund me you will have the money to fight this. Your a brave man take up the banner and fight them for all of us. Thank you Marie E. Volpe

  • Robin Rowan

    06/07/2019 03:54 PM

    Thank you for writing this! This all needs to be clearly revealed. It gets complicated and people just don't want to take the time to "get it." But itis so important. Please Check out the short article I wrote on this last week - https://www.facebook.com/robin.rowan.freedom/posts/10219268723290900

  • Robert McFate

    06/07/2019 03:11 PM

    Seems to me that these people, at the very least, should be charged with abuse of power!

  • Gary Serio

    06/07/2019 02:56 PM

    Democrats astound me! They’ve dismantled and reinvented truth and in the process dissolved democracy. Putin must be overjoyed. He didn’t need to lift a finger.

  • Robbie Mize

    06/07/2019 02:26 PM

    I am so sick and tired of their deceptions and lies and trickery and insults and everything they blame on us pales in comparison to what they have done. I want to see some justice rain down!

  • Kerry Tackett

    06/07/2019 02:19 PM

    Flynn is an American hero who was duped! He needs to be freed. He is innocent. What have we become, treating our American heroes like this?

  • eyeball

    06/07/2019 12:59 PM

    THIS CAN NOT STAND! Mueller and the whole bunch of rotten cowboys MUST be prosecuted. They BROKE several federal laws. Tampered with evidence, cherry-picked statements. And SO MUCH MORE. They need -- and I'm not joking -- a one-way trip to Guantanamo Bay where lodging is free, and exercise is one hour per day! ALL this is to oust the President and make sure NO HONEST MAN OR WOMAN EVER runs for President again! M.A.G.A. God Bless The U.S.A.

  • Doug Morgan

    06/07/2019 12:17 PM

    Great research of the truth, now how do these two gentlemen obtain justice? There doesn't appear to be justice for anyone charged for anything if they are connected to President Trump. Liberals appear to have total gestapo control and I don't hear many republicans strongly or effectively standing up against the liberal cesspool that is ruining many people's lives.

  • John Mac

    06/07/2019 11:54 AM

    This entire justice system is so corrupt, it can not be revived. What chance would I have with a prosecutor like Mueller. People say the rank and file are honorable. Well where are they? Where are the FISA judges? .Where are all the men of integrity in the justice department? What of these politicians? They seem to be the most corrupt of all. I'm serious when I say, we should consider opening the prison doors and letting them all go free. If Hillary is not in prison, there will never be equal justice in this country.

  • Dot Whitley

    06/07/2019 11:51 AM

    It's so hard to believe the crookedness of an old man or woman . If they believed that there's a judgment day coming very soon,and they will not be given a choice as to what they reap for all eternity, they would most definitely come clean. How mean and ugly can a person get before they leave this world?
    All believers should pray for the innocent to be set free, and the guilty to pay for their crimes immediately. God is almighty, and can do whatever He wills to do.
    Dot

  • David Colonna

    06/07/2019 11:49 AM

    Mike, This should make every American sick to there stomach and honestly this whole ordeal if it happened many years back I think would have spawn off a Civil War by now. The information you provided is so heart breaking and makes you wonder who is running the whole show, definitely someone very evil, like Satin. May God truly continue to reveal the truth and take full control of disciplining all those who are involved.

  • B A Potgieter

    06/07/2019 11:44 AM

    Bo.b Mu_eller is out and out a TRA-ITOR and was determined to SAB-OTAGE and DES-TROY the DULY Elected President Trump. For this he has to receive the DE-ATH Sentence.!!! He destr-oyed many lives and Families in his career and Lifetime and his biggest prize would have been a PRESIDENT.!! Evil man.!

  • Bernadette Dillon

    06/07/2019 10:59 AM

    Why are we still talking about this? the more we talk about it the more it says on the front lines of the media. Mueller did not indict Trump and Congress is wasting money still trying to impeach Trump. When is Congress going to start arresting people who lied like Hilary and Bill for pedophilia for all his trips to Epstein island. If the masses went after Bill Cosby and Weinstein with fists of fury why is this same thing not being applied to Bill Clinton? Why is Hilary not in jail for the dossier against Trump and her collusion with Russia like Obama did on an open mic when Obama met with Putin and told him to wait until after he was re elected. Wait for what? To invade neighboring countries to better his position for oil in the area?