Mueller report omits fact that key ‘Russian’ contact was US intelligence asset

June 9, 2019

Mueller report omits fact that key ‘Russian’ contact was US intelligence asset The White House / CCL

A recent review of Robert Mueller’s final report has revealed a glaring omission. The gap in the report pertains to Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who once worked for a lobbying firm run by President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a relationship that gave rise to nefarious insinuations about alleged collusion ahead of the 2016 election.

According to John Solomon of The Hill, Mueller identified Kilimnik as having “ties to Russian intelligence” in his report, but neglected to add that Kilimnik was actually a longtime U.S. intelligence source, even though the special counsel had knowledge of that fact back in 2018.

Hundreds of pages of government documents in Mueller’s possession described Kilimnik as meeting with U.S. officials and passing on sensitive information about Russia and Ukraine, Solomon discovered. But Mueller did not even mention Kilimnik’s U.S. intelligence work once in his 400-plus page report.

Kilimnik’s State Department ties

Alan Purcell, chief political officer at the Kiev embassy from 2014 to 2017, told the FBI that senior embassy officials Alexander Kasanof, Eric Schultz, and others considered Kilimnik valuable enough to omit his name from correspondence so it wouldn’t show up in WikiLeaks document releases.

In addition, Purcell said that Kilimnik provided “detailed information about OB (Ukraine’s opposition bloc) inner workings” that was sometimes passed on directly to the ambassador because of its high value.

It turns out that while working for Manafort’s firm, Kilimnik provided intelligence to the U.S. about former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych, whose Party of Regions was a client of Manafort. Taken together, this information sets the whole Russian collusion narrative on its head.

As Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro said, “If one only knew about Kilimnik from Mueller’s report, one might think he was a Putin loyalist.”

Thankfully, the Mueller report has led most Americans in and out of the government to the conclusion that Trump did not collude with Russia. Omissions like this make it clear, however, that Mueller was grasping at straws to make connections between the Trump campaign and Russia that simply did not exist.

Increased scrutiny on Mueller’s motives

A two-plus year investigation that turned up nothing in the way of a smoking gun in the Trump administration has, not surprisingly, raised questions about how exactly the probe was conducted and whether it was legitimate in its scope, its reach, and its length.

Democrats try daily to turn attention away from the investigation into Mueller’s process. They threaten impeachment for Trump, even though it will be seen by most as partisan and will assuredly fail in the Senate.

They have also threatened contempt citations for anyone in the Trump administration who won’t parade in front of Congress for further interrogation. But so far, they haven’t dissuaded journalists like Solomon and watchdog groups like Judicial Watch from discovering disturbing evidence about the probe and its origins that may render the entire scenario and the enduring media obsession on the topic entirely moot.

Certainly, the revelation that Mueller selectively omitted information that would have removed any suspicion about Paul Manafort and Russia ties demonstrates his animus toward Trump. Between the report’s lack of conclusions about obstruction, Mueller’s ambiguous press conference and this omission, a pattern has emerged.

Mueller wanted to get Trump, but all he had available were innuendos and vague accusations to throw at the wall and see if anything would stick. Trump’s assertions that the investigation was a “witch hunt” seem far less self-serving and much more accurate in light of recent discoveries like the omission of Kilimnik’s U.S. intelligence status.

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Jen Krausz

Jen Krausz is a Conservative Institute staff writer. A lifelong member of the Republican Party, she has an English degree from a liberal arts college and has contributed to numerous publications including Newsmax.