Bernie Sanders’ 2016 chief strategist Tad Devine is one of many Democrats named in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s potential exhibits for Paul Manafort’s trial later this week in Alexandria Virginia.
On July 19, 2018, NYT’s Kenneth Vogel tweeted: “MUELLER is interested in the work that @TadDevine, who was the chief strategist for @BernieSanders 2016 presidential campaign, did with MANAFORT on behalf of the RUSSIA-aligned Ukrainian Party of Regions, based on this list of exhibits to be presented at trial starting next week.”
MUELLER is interested in the work that @TadDevine, who was the chief strategist for @BernieSanders 2016 presidential campaign, did with MANAFORT on behalf of the RUSSIA-aligned Ukrainian Party of Regions, based on this list of exhibits to be presented at trial starting next week. pic.twitter.com/4giB1aj9K1
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) July 19, 2018
The Washington Post reported that Devine and Manafort both worked for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Kremlin Party of Regions during the same time.
The names – including Tad Devine — that appear on Mueller’s list may be shown to the jury deciding Manafort’s fate. The hundreds of exhibits are “emails and memos between Manafort and several go-to political and advertising strategists of the Democratic Party for two decades, including three others who also worked on Sanders’ 2016 bid,” according to Bloomberg.
Email exchanges between Devine and Manafort continued until 2014 which happens to be when Devine began working with Sanders. Their emails stopped five months before Devine joined Sanders’ campaign.
Devine worked for Sanders in the 1990s and “also communicated with Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements in the Mueller probe, according to the filing.”
Devine’s name appeared 16 times in the special counsel’s documents.
The National Review reported the exhibit list includes emails between Devine and Konstantin Kilimnik, a Soviet-born Ukrainian who managed Manafort’s business and is also under indictment from Mueller. Kilimnick is known as “Manafort’s “Russian brain.”
U.S. investigators believe Kilimnik has current ties to Russian intelligence. He was indicted last month, along with Manafort, on obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice charges.
In June of 2016, Politico reported that Devine reached out to Manafort to see if Trump would debate Sanders, “According to campaign aides, the morning after Trump was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Weaver asked Devine to give Manafort a call to see if they could actually make the debate happen.”
Devine also worked as an aide to Al Gore, John Kerry and Michael Dukakis on their campaigns.