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*ONE WEEK IN 2016*

July 27, 2016: Trump asks for Kremlin help
August 2, 2016: Manafort meets Deripaska agent Kilimnik in NYC
August 3, 2016: Trump Jr. meets Deripaska agent Zamel in NYC

NOTE: Deripaska calls himself "one with the State [Kremlin]."

(h/t @ZevShalev/@TheAtlantic)
@ZevShalev @TheAtlantic *ANOTHER WEEK IN 2016*

August 17, 2016: CIA tells Trump Kremlin is attacking US
August 19, 2016: Trump fires Manafort

NOTE: In January 2018, NBC reports Trump is privately telling friends Mueller can't get him *because* Manafort won't "flip" (he already knew Trump Jr. wouldn't)
@ZevShalev @TheAtlantic 3/ A reasonable conclusion: after he and Flynn left the room the CIA briefed them in on August 17, 2016, Trump realized that it was entirely possible Manafort's contacts with the Russians had been picked up by American intelligence, and he could therefore no longer work with him.
@ZevShalev @TheAtlantic 4/ And who was the *third* major member of the Russia-colluding triad (with Manafort and Trump Jr.) beneath Donald Trump Sr. in the campaign milieu? *Jared Kushner*. And who immediately began working on ways around American intelligence once Trump won the election? Jared Kushner.
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