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Why Is Bernie Sanders’ Chief Strategist’s Name All Over Manafort Evidence?

A curious name appeared on an itemized list released on Wednesday of evidence in the trial of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.

Bernie Sanders’ Chief Strategist Tad Devine – who appears to have had extensive contact with Manafort via email under such subjects as:

  • “Can u resend the talking points” 
  • “R. Gates, et al re Ukraine Trip”
  • “Call – Important” 

The emails span the period which include Manafort’s  2012-2014 lobbying effort for a pro-Ukraine think tank tied to former president Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych fled from Ukraine to Russia after he was unseated in a 2014 coup. 

Manafort’s firm earned $17 million consulting for Yanukovych’s centrist, pro-Russia ‘Party of Regions.’ During the same period, he oversaw a lobbying campaign for the pro-Russia “Centre for a Modern Ukraine,” (ECMU) a Brussels based think tank linked to Yanukovych which was pushing for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union.

Of note, the now defunct Podesta group, operating under Manafort, earned over $1.2 million as part of that effort.

While the Podesta group and Manafort both failed to file paperwork related to the Pro-Russia Centre for a Modern Ukraine, retroactive disclosures filed by the Podesta group on August 17 revealed dozens of previously unreported communications with high level democrat officials related to the lobbying campaign – including Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the office of former Vice President Joe Biden.

And now it appears we can add Bernie Sanders’ Chief Strategist to the list of Manafort associates.

See the list of evidence below: