THE GREAT MANAFORT POLLING DATA HOPE

Well, it’s all over for President Trump.

It must be, because mainstream media are now trumpeting the latest damning information about him, which proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.

And what damning information is this?

Get ready, and hold on to your hats. Here it comes!

According to information “accidentally” (yeah,right) unredacted from the mueller witch Hunt investigation, Paul Manafort shared polling data with a Russian operative.

Polling data? Polling data? This is supposed to go upend the Trump presidency?

Have these people gone out of their minds?

The Washington post’s Chris Cizzilla, in particular, seems to think this is a cataclysmic indictment of some kind. Look at this sampling of the hyperbole he uses to describe it in his latest commentary – but then please pay special attention to the paragraph which I have put in bold print:

On Tuesday we learned — thanks to a redaction error in a filing in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference — that Paul Manafort met with a Russian-linked operative named Konstantin Kilimnik during the course of the 2016 campaign. And in that meeting, according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, Manafort discussed policies related to the Russia-Ukraine relationship and shared polling data about the 2016 campaign with Kilimnik.

That. Is. Huge.

 Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN Wednesday that the revelation raises “profound questions about why all the secrecy, why all the lies. And most seriously, why is a campaign manager of a US presidential candidate providing campaign polling data to someone linked to a foreign adversary’s intelligence agency?”

Now, it’s important to note here that nowhere in the latest Manafort-Mueller filings is there any evidence that Manafort was directed by Trump to meet with Kilimnik or that Trump was ever aware that Manafort did so. This latest filing matters, but it is far from the smoking gun against Trump that some people have been searching for.

So what, exactly, do we have here?

We have Paul Manafort, on his own (i.e. without being asked to by Mr. Trump) engaging in a discussion with a Russian he had dealt with in the past, during which he cited polling data.

Does Chris cillizza claim that these data were nefarious in some way? Did they give away nuclear codes? Personal information that could be used to blackmail reporters and/or Democrats?

No, he is talking about polling data. Like what you read in the newspaper every day during a campaign.

And this is before we get to the fact that Cillizza himself admits this is nothing with nothing.  Go back, read his own words, and see for yourself.

Can it get more pathetic?

Unfortunately, given the level of Trump hatred demonstrated everyday by people like Chris Cillizza, the answer is yes. And you can count on it.

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UPDATE:  And now, via an after-the-fact backtrack by the New York Times, we find out that Manafort didn’t even give the polling data to the Kremlin-connected Russian

Here, see the retraction for yourself, via this excerpt from Katelyn Caralle’s article for the Washington Examiner:

The New York Times issued a correction Wednesday to a report that said former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort asked for campaign polling to be passed on to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

The newspaper issued a correction note and clarified that Manafort asked then-deputy Trump campaign manager Rick Gates to give the polling data to Ukrainian oligarchs Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov, and not Deripaska, who has close ties to the Kremlin.

Translation”  a) Manafort didn’t give it to anyone and b) his surrogate gave it to someone other than the guy “who has close ties to the Kremlin”.

I wonder how many Times readers will ever see this.

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