Ukraine MP claims ex-president's party secretly paid ex-Trump aide $750000
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 23, 2017,
Mar 23, 2017, 7:19
After months in which the roving spotlight of the Trump-Russia scandal illuminated the movements of Mike Flynn, Jeff Sessions, and, most recently, Roger Stone, former campaign manager Paul Manafort is once again the subject of intense media scrutiny after the Associated Press reported Wednesday that the longtime political strategist had worked covertly on behalf of a Russian oligarch to advance Vladimir Putin's agenda across the USA and Europe.
President Trump's former campaign chairman acknowledged on Wednesday he had worked for a Russian billionaire about a decade ago, but he denied a report suggesting the lobbying efforts served Russian political interests.
"Former Trump campaign chair is accused of being paid $10 million to ". greatly benefit the Putin government".
As part of his work for Deripaska, Manafort did not use his public-facing consulting firm, Davis Manafort, according to the AP.
On Monday Spicer faced questions regarding the FBI investigation into Russian ties to the Trump Administration, revealed that day by FBI Director James Comey.
This would explain why White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently downplayed Mr Manafort's connections to the Trump team, saying he "played a very limited role" in the campaign for "a very limited amount of time".
Reporters should follow up on the story tomorrow, rather than allowing Spicer to turn the page.
Paul Manafort is said to have proposed a strategy to nullify anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics a decade ago. Manafort was sacked after the convention because his work for Ukrainian interests had become a "distraction", and the campaign was 16 points behind, he said.
The new revelations appear to contradict Manafort's repeated denials that he had ever worked on behalf of the Russian government. Deripaska filed a lawsuit against Manafort in the Cayman Islands in 2014, and was still trying to get his money back in August 2015, according to documents obtained by Politico.
"I worked with Oleg Deripaska nearly a decade ago representing him on business and personal matters in countries where he had investments", Manafort said in a statement to Fox News.
State department cables, released by WikiLeaks describe Deripaska as being a "permanent fixture on Putin's trips abroad" and "among the 2-3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis". This is how it would work if somebody was working for the government.
And they have been very careful to say that Donald Trump, President Donald Trump knew nothing about Paul Manafort's past clients.
Earlier, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort came under scrutiny for potentially having had a secret contract with a Russian billionaire with close ties to Vladimir Putin.
The Ukraine corruption investigation is related to the broader counterintelligence investigation into alleged contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russian officials, these people said. Russian Federation invaded the Ukrainian territory in 2014 after Yanukovych was ousted in a pro-Western revolt.
Roughly one month after the July GOP convention, with Trump's poll numbers in decline and the campaign dealing with ongoing controversy, Trump announced Manafort's resignation, concluding Manafort's 20-week tenure with the campaign.
Spicer didn't pay too much attention to his history lesson, quickly calling on the next reporter.
Rubio said, "I'm happy to see that Florida is going to continue to do more than Texas is".