And who was one of the main people laundering this Russian disinformation to Americans?
1- Openly observable, unsurprising, key note...Russia this time just tried to go straight to Americans they thought would promote disinformation in America. Why? despite investigations, no laws in place to stop politicians from taking foreign assistance pic.twitter.com/YJUdh3vaWB— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) March 16, 2021
Andriy Derkach? Why have I heard that name here in Wisconsin? Oh! Here we go.
New report declassified by DNI Avril Haines on foreign election interference in 2020. Key detail: "We assess that Putin had purview over the activities of Andriy Derkach," a Ukrainian who spread anti-Biden disinfo within Ukraine and to US lawmakers.https://t.co/PPQEfRgSd1— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) March 16, 2021
And the name Kostantin Klimnik also keeps popping up in the DNI report.
Andriy Derkach, a member of Kyiv’s parliament and son of a former KGB officer, has also been supplying documents to Republicans on Capitol Hill, where Sen. Ron Johnson is conducting an election-eve investigation into the Bidens’ conduct in Ukraine https://t.co/7untXLt8Tf— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 10, 2020
Now here's where Ron Johnson and Konstantin Klimnik come together. This is from the redacted version of the Mueller Report from April 2019.
Another key player in the report is Konstantin Klimnik, who was involved in 2016 election interference (Manafort passed polling data to him) and was part, along with Manafort, of effort to shift blame for that interference to Ukraine. More from me and Ryan https://t.co/eWoEEzhRGC pic.twitter.com/qSS8DZzeaf— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) March 16, 2021
• The report notes that Manafort instructed Gates to “provide Kilimnik with updates on the Trump campaign—including internal polling data.” According to Mueller, “Manafort expected Kilimnik to share that information with others in Ukraine and with Deripaska. [Deputy Campaign Manager Rick] Gates periodically sent such polling data to Kilimnik during the campaign.” We knew that some polling data had been shared, but we did not know the extent of it and what exactly was shared.... The report also details how Trump’s campaign chairman had his deputy share “internal polling data prepared for the Trump Campaign by pollster Tony Fabrizio” via WhatsApp and those communications were deleted “on a daily basis.” When Manafort briefed Kilimnik on that data, he also discussed “ ‘battleground’ states, which Manafort identified as Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.” And both Manafort and Gates assumed that data would be shared with a close Putin ally in Deripaska. What happened next to the data is a mystery. Mueller could not prove one way or the other whether it was used in Russia’s attack against the 2016 election—but Mueller did note that his team had a “limited ability” to gather such evidence.Guess who benefitted from the Russian-targeted misinformation campaigns in Wisconsin in 2016? Yup, Ron Johnson, who was surprisingly re-elected after being left for dead for much of that year.
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