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>> A former Russian intelligence officer who worked with President Donald Trump's former campaign officials, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, communicated with Gates during the 2016 campaign. That bombshell emerged in court records filed late Tuesday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office. Justice Department reporter Sarah Lynch is on the story.
>> Up until now, the criminal charges that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have had nothing to do with campaign activities whatsoever. All the charges involved their lobbying activities for Ukraine that predated the election. But on Tuesday night, for the first time, we learned that Rick Gates, who was the Deputy Campaign Manager for President Donald Trump, was actually in touch with somebody who had close ties to Russian intelligence during the campaign, in the months of September and October of 2016.
The records concern the case of Alex Van Der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer about to become the first person to be sentenced in Mueller's Russia investigation. Van Der Zwaan has pled guilty to lying about his communications with Gates and the mysterious person A. The document reveals Van Der Zwaan spoke with both Gates and person A in September and October 2016.
And that Gates told Van der Zwaan, person A is a former member of Russian military intelligence.>> We believe, based on the description in the documents, that this is referring to Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked closely with Manafort in Ukraine, and is believed to have ties to Russian intelligence.
But he has previously denied that he has had any connection, whatsoever, to Russian intelligence.>> Gates has reportedly begun assisting Mueller's investigation, which is examining whether Trump's campaign directly colluded with Moscow to swing the 2016 election. Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion took place.