Collusion craze: Mueller memo says Trump aide contacted 'assessed' Russian spy

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Additional court papers urge the judge in the case to incarcerate the accused lawyer.

Mueller- penetrating Russian disturbance in the 2016 race as well as any kind of prospective collusion in between Moscow and also then-candidate Donald Trump's group- declared in court documents that replacement project chairman Rick Gates was in touch with somebody linked to Russian knowledge in September as well as October 2016, CNN reported.

That line is drawn in a new court filing related to the upcoming sentencing of London attorney Alex van der Zwaan. Gates has already plead guilty and is working with the special counsel, while Manafort appears to maintain his innocence.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, working with Mueller's office, "assess that Person A has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016", according to the filing.

Despite van der Zwaan's efforts, the special counsel managed to uncover that the Dutch lawyer had recorded conversations he had with Gates and Person A. In these conversations, Person A suggested that the $5 million paid to van der Zwaan's law firm through Gates and Manafort were "only a part of the iceberg" and that there were "additional payments" to come.

Mr. van der Zwaan was an attorney at a firm that worked with Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates to prepare a report used to defend Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president, from worldwide criticism over the prosecution and incarceration of one of his political rivals. In December, they said this associate was "a longtime Russian colleague. who is now based in Russia and assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service".

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Rick Gates, the campaign aide, told an attorney for a USA law firm that a Russian national they worked with in Ukraine was a former military intelligence officer, according to the filing late Tuesday in Washington federal court. But Gates remained aboard through the campaign and transition.

What's particularly significant in the Mueller filing, though, are six words: "and had such ties in 2016".

That Person A has had ties to Russian intelligence is not terribly surprising.

Mueller's team says he still has ties to the GRU, which the American intelligence community said was behind the hacks on Democrats' emails and disseminating them before the election, though Kilimnik has denied such claims. Mueller is now apparently directly disputing that using Gates's own words.

Russian Federation investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged Gates and his partner Paul Manafort with money laundering previous year over their work in Ukraine, though defenders including President Trump have said that the charges have nothing to do with alleged meddling in the 2016 election. The presidential election was in November 2016. We will not likely get an answer to that question any time soon, but the contacts between Kilimnik and Gates in September and October of 2016 while Gates was still working on the campaign are undeniably curious, at the very least. Kilimnik told The Post in June that he has "no relation to the Russian or any other intelligence service". Whether Gates has an explanation for keeping those contacts while on the Trump campaign remains to be seen.