US says Russia was given Trump campaign polling data in 2016


The entrance gate of the Embassy of the Russian Federation is seen in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021. The Biden administration has rolled out a sweeping set of sanctions on Russia over its election interference, hacking efforts and other malign activity. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian and Ukrainian political consultant, shared sensitive information from Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign with Russian intelligence services.

Kilimnik, a business associate of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, has long been alleged by U.S. officials as having ties to Russian intelligence.

But Thursday’s Treasury statement was the first time the U.S. government had so directly drawn a connection from the Trump campaign to Kremlin intelligence.

Kilimnik was one of 32 people and entities sanctioned by the U.S. government for interference in the 2020 election.

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