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Democrat Sen. Mark Warner says Manafort findings are 'the closest we've seen yet to real, live, actual collusion'

Some Democrats are almost ready to cry 'collusion.'

On Tuesday, Paul Manafort's lawyers inadvertantly revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has alleged Manafort shared 2016 polling data with a suspected Russian operative. And the next day, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) made it very clear what he thinks that finding points to.

Speaking with CNN's Manu Raju on Wednesday, Warner said "this appears as the closest we've seen yet to real, live, actual collusion." If what the lawyers said is accurate — that "[President] Trump's campaign chairman shared confidential Trump campaign data with a Russian intelligence operative" — then "how is that not evidence of an effort to collaborate?," Warner said.

Manafort served as Trump's 2016 campaign chairman and has already been charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and financial crimes. In Tuesday's filing, his lawyers revealed Mueller alleged Manafort gave polling data to his aide Konstantin Kilimnik. Kilimnik has also been charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, and is suspected of being a Russian intelligence agent.