WASHINGTON (AP) — Internal memos and business records obtained by The Associated Press show that Russian citizen Konstantin Kilimnik (Kuh-LIMB-nick) played a far more important role formulating pro-Russia political strategy with Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort many years ago than was previously understood.
Kilimnik is an elusive figure now indicted alongside Manafort on witness tampering charges. Special counsel Robert Mueller believes Kilimnik is currently in Russia and has ties to Russian intelligence.
Internal memos and other business records obtained by the AP include a rare 2006 photograph of Kilimnik, in an office setting with Manafort and other key players in Manafort’s consulting firm. Some of the documents were later independently obtained by U.S. government investigators.