TRUMP ENABLER: Manafort knew the guy so it’s not “deliberate contact.”
FACT: If you call someone you know it’s “deliberate contact.”
1. Keep poll data within the campaign
2. Share with stakeholders and donors
3. Make public
Manafort did #2 - so was his Russian contact a stakeholder or a donor? What did Manafort think his guy would do with the secret info?
WHY did Manafort share secret Trump campaign poling info with Russia?
WHY share with Russians and not, for example, make public so other Republicans could have operationalized the data?
WHY - did he except something in return from Russia?