A recent closed hearing gave a hint about a possible investigation target for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, reported the New York Times. The comments by one of Mueller’s lead prosecutors, Andrew Weissman, in a transcript of [a closed-door hearing, suggested that one theory being pursued is that starting while Russia was taking steps to bolster Trump’s candidacy, people in his orbit were discussing deals to end a dispute over Russia’s incursions into Ukraine and possibly give Moscow relief from economic sanctions imposed by the United States.
The transcript said the prosecutors have been looking at discussions Paul Manafort and Konstantin V. Kilimnik had about a plan to ease or end the American-led sanctions on Moscow.
According to the transcript, which was heavily redacted, Manafort and Kilimnik repeatedly communicated starting in early August 2016, while Manafort was still running Trump’s campaign, and continuing into 2018 after Mr. Manafort had been charged by the special counsel’s office. The prosecutors say that Manafort misled them about those talks.
“This goes to the larger view of what we think is going on, and what we think is the motive here,” Weissmann said. “This goes, I think, very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.”
This is not all that surprising, since the easing of the RNC platform in 2016 attracted much attention right away. Wonder what they have, though? As if Manafort isn’t in enough trouble.