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Wed Mar 22, 2017, 01:08 PM

 

AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

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By JEFF HORWITZ and CHAD DAY
Mar. 22, 2017 10:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.

Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse.

Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work.

"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."


Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/122ae0b5848345faa88108a03de40c5a/manaforts-plan-greatly-benefit-putin-government

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Response to Grizzled Ol Granddad (Original post)

Wed Mar 22, 2017, 01:13 PM

1. WOW! Is this Manafort being served up as a fall guy or

a further unraveling of the conspiracies surrounding and involving Rump? Or both?

New revelations every day. Sometimes just little things like a Russian witness in an ex-AG Preet Bharara Russian money laundering case being tossed out a window, sometimes something like this...

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Wed Mar 22, 2017, 01:26 PM

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