aside AP Breaking News: Paul Manafort Worked To Advance Russia’s Interests

 

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Mother Jones has published on 3/22/17 the AP report under the title: “AP: Paul Manafort Covertly Worked to “Greatly Benefit” Putin’s Interests,” by Inae Oh.

Paul Manafort, who ran President Donald Trump’s campaign from April to August 2016, secretly worked to “greatly benefit” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interests a decade ago, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.

“In 2006, Manafort signed a $10 million annual contract with Russian oligarch and Putin ally Oleg Deripaska to “influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government,” the AP reports.”

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“We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success,” Manafort wrote to Deripaska, an aluminum magnate, in a 2005 strategy memo.”

“The bombshell report appears to contradict Manafort’s repeated denials that he worked to advance Russian political interests. The longtime lobbyist and onetime partner of Trump ally Roger Stone, was forced to resign as Trump’s campaign chairman after multiple reports revealed his work for deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian Ukranian party, including allegations (denied by Manafort) of $12.7 million in undisclosed payments made to Manafort.”

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“Shortly after the AP’s report, Manafort confirmed he had previously worked for Deripaska, but claimed it did not involve representing “Russian political interests.”

“White House press secretary Sean Spicer attempted to downplay Manafort’s role within the Trump campaign as “very limited” on Monday, the same day FBI director James Comey confirmed to the House intelligence Committee that the bureau was investigating the Trump campaign in conjunction with its broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

10 comments

    • Dear David Prosser,

      There is just so much information that one can uncover about this case. Just when I think I’m close to putting it all together, I find something new.

      But that is what happens with research projects.

      You nailed it. There is just so much out there, that it is almost impossible for an investigative team with the proper tools, not to find the smoking gun.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • The strange part is that most of the information (plus much more) was actually know by many of us prior to the election, yet we were shouted down every time we brought the information up in a discussion. Yes, you are correct, there is much more out there, if people really want to know the truth.

        • Dear Crustyolemothman,

          It is frustrating when you know without any doubt that DT was and is unqualified in temperament, competence, knowledge, level of integrity, etc. to be president but others just don’t see this.

          But unfortunately his followers cannot prevent the emperor without any clothes from becoming properly exposed.

          Ciao, Gronda

    • Dear Keith,

      Poor Mr. Spicer is not getting away with much anymore. I am definitely going to watch SNL this Saturday.

      I do get frustrated when the press ask him anything about insurance because they don’t know enough to ask the right questions.

      Ciao, Gronda

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