As if these last two days hadn’t caused the White House to go into panic mode enough, a new report from former White House Staffer, Claude Taylor, indicates that Paul Manafort’s ties to Wikileaks may have been much tighter than initially thought. Manafort has had his name come up multiple times when discussing possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia, including just this past weekend when a New York Times Report indicated that he, along with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner met with a Russian attorney to discuss damaging information about the DNC and Clinton. If Taylor’s sources are accurate, then the depth of Manafort’s involvement, in what seems to certainly appear to be collusion, may have expanded quite a bit.
Taylor, who claims to be in contact with an individual close to the Mueller investigation, just tweeted the following bombshell:
“Breaking: Source with knowledge of investigation says there is solid proof that Manafort coordinated with Wikileaks in dumping HRC emails.”
We assume that the emails that Taylor’s source is referring to are the John Podesta emails that leaked in November of last year. These emails happened to include messages to and from Clinton herself. Manafort, who served as Trump’s campaign manager for several months between May 19, 2016 and August 18, 2016, was never rumored to have any communication with Wikileaks, however another Trump campaign associate, Roger Stone, admitted to not only having a relationship with Wikileaks and Julian Assange, but also claimed to have communicated with Guccifer 2.0, the hacker who allegedly stole the DNC emails.
Considering that Roger Stone had supposedly convinced Donald Trump to hire Manafort to be his campaign manager, it would not seem out of the question for Manafort to have communicated and coordinated the release of such emails via Wikileaks.
When you combine this story with the fact that a GOP operative named Peter W. Smith claimed to have been working with those in the Trump campaign to access the missing Clinton emails from Russian hackers, the story seems to certainly have legs.