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ctm   

It appears that Manafort lied to Mueller because he was playing both sides.  He was attempting not only to get leniency from Muller but also a pardon from Trump.  He was trying to cover both bases.

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Soxcat   

Let me get this right.  Manafort still has not been charged with any crime related to Russian collusion (his charges went back to before Trump was running for resident).

Manafort is now being accused of lying to Mueller about a number of things but none of them have anything to do with Trump.

 

 

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9 Nines   

To make it more illustrative to average people, reporters should explain what internal polling data is.  The average person likely thinks polling data is just polls showing who is winning etc., such as the night poll one sees on a news cast.  To the average person it seems silly to think that is important.  

 

What reporters need to explain is that internal polling data is the blueprint/gameplan of an entire campaign.  It is the heart of the plan of where (demographics, locations...specific people across the electorate) to deploy campaign resources, to persuade voters to vote (favorable people), to persuade others not to vote (non favorable people.)   By giving that to a foreign power, with the capabilities of Russia and one that wants to help you, you are joining forces. Whoever knew and approved of giving that internal polling data to the Russians, basically hired the Russians.  

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reo   
3 hours ago, 9 Nines said:

To make it more illustrative to average people, reporters should explain what internal polling data is.  The average person likely thinks polling data is just polls showing who is winning etc., such as the night poll one sees on a news cast.  To the average person it seems silly to think that is important.  

 

What reporters need to explain is that internal polling data is the blueprint/gameplan of an entire campaign.  It is the heart of the plan of where (demographics, locations...specific people across the electorate) to deploy campaign resources, to persuade voters to vote (favorable people), to persuade others not to vote (non favorable people.)   By giving that to a foreign power, with the capabilities of Russia and one that wants to help you, you are joining forces. Whoever knew and approved of giving that internal polling data to the Russians, basically hired the Russians.  

Essentially what this means is Manafort, while working for the campaign, told the Russians who to try and influence, how to influence them and when.

 

And he also talked about what the Russians would get for it.

 

Aka collusion and conspiracy. 

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9 Nines   
2 hours ago, reo said:

Essentially what this means is Manafort, while working for the campaign, told the Russians who to try and influence, how to influence them and when.

This is short and to the point and good way to present it. 

 

It is what was theorized as being the likely conspiracy.  An anti-hacking company, looking at Trump's servers to see if they showed signs of being hacked, noticed consistent traffic, everyday, between Trump's servers and a Russian bank.  They theorized that could have been polling other data being sent.

 

Here is a 2018 report, but it was reported in late 2016 or early 2017 initially.  https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/15/was-there-a-connection-between-a-russian-bank-and-the-trump-campaign

 

As Max and his colleagues searched D.N.S. logs for domains associated with Republican candidates, they were perplexed by what they encountered. “We went looking for fingerprints similar to what was on the D.N.C. computers, but we didn’t find what we were looking for,” Max told me.

 

Examining records for the Trump domain, Max’s group discovered D.N.S. lookups from a pair of servers owned by Alfa Bank, one of the largest banks in Russia. Alfa Bank’s computers were looking up the address of the Trump server nearly every day. There were dozens of lookups on some days and far fewer on others, but the total number was notable: between May and September, Alfa Bank looked up the Trump Organization’s domain more than two thousand times. “We were watching this happen in real time—it was like watching an airplane fly by,” Max said. “And we thought, Why the hell is a Russian bank communicating with a server that belongs to the Trump Organization, and at such a rate?”

 

Only one other entity seemed to be reaching out to the Trump Organization’s domain with any frequency: Spectrum Health, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spectrum Health is closely linked to the DeVos family; Richard DeVos, Jr., is the chairman of the board, and one of its hospitals is named after his mother. 

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