A stunning new report from the Washington Post show how far back the interests of the Russian oligarchy in the 2016 election extends – and how deeply enmeshed former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was in the entire affair.
Two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination at their party convention in Cleveland, Manafort was offering his former patron Oleg Deripaska, the Russian billionaire considered one of the “two or three oligarchs closest to Putin,” “briefings” on the 2016 election race.
“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” wrote Manafort to an unrevealed intermediary in a July 7 email, one of the thousands that Special Mueller’s team seized during their recent FBI raids.
It was recently discovered that Manafort had previously signed a multiyear contract with Deripaska to “advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin…at the highest levels of the U.S. government — the White House, Capitol Hill and the State Department.”
“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 in the 2005 memo to Deripaska. The effort, Manafort wrote, “will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.”
Manafort was promoted to Trump’s presidential campaign manager in April 2016 and resigned in August after it was discovered that Manafort received some $12.7 million dollars for his lobbying work for Ukrainian dictator and Putinist puppet Viktor Yanukovych, who was deposed in the 2014 Euromaidan protests.
Getting a pro-Russian puppet elected to the Presidency of the United States – like Manafort did with Yanukovych in Ukraine – would definitely be “advancing the interests” of Vladimir Putin.
If that puppet is also being actively blackmailed by agents of the Russian Federation, as a former British Mi6 agent’s report alleges, it would be one of the greatest coups Russia has ever pulled off.
While it appears the offer wasn’t taken, it just goes to show that the greed and corruption of Paul Manafort might be the key to unlocking the secret of what really happened behind the scenes of the 2016 election.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.