New evidence has come to light that a top Bernie Sanders campaign staffer was in contact with Russian intelligence before the 2016 election. However, the media remains focused on President Trump and his associates.

Daily Caller reports

Evidence in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election reveals that former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ chief strategist was in contact with a former Russian intelligence agent before joining the campaign.

Tad Devine joined Sanders’ campaign in 2014 before it officially launched. Communications between Devine, Paul Manafort, Ukrainian diplomats and Russian intelligence agents began as early as Jan. 3, 2006, and continued until no earlier than June 19, 2014, according to a list of exhibits filed in a Virginia federal court Wednesday.

“If he runs, I’m going to help him,” Devine said in November 2014, The Washington Post reported. “He is not only a longtime client but a friend. I believe he could deliver an enormously powerful message that the country is waiting to hear right now and do it in a way that succeeds.” 

Further analysis of the exhibits Mueller plans on using in his case against Manafort reveal Devine was also in contact with Konstantin Kilimnik, who is also facing indictment by Mueller.

 

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