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Paul Manafort Ukraine Lobbyist

This isn’t the smoking gun, but something’s smoldering in Paul Manafort’s history. Leaks today revealed that the former Trump campaign chair offered “private briefings” about the 2016 presidential election campaign to a Russian billionaire.

We’ll leave the details for the pieces below. WaPo did it’s standard leftists spin but they really didn’t need to. The facts are damaging enough. If true, it’s easy to see why this man has been under FBI investigation for a long time. It’s also very apparent why candidate Trump got rid of him so quickly. What’s less apparent is how the President, who has always boasted about only hiring the best people, was willing to allow such a corrupting force into his campaign in the first place. His history as a Ukrainian lobbyist was publicly known and should have given the President an unambiguous reason to run away.

“Ukrainian lobbyist.” Those two words go against “America First” and “Drain the Swamp” without having to put an ounce of thought into it.

Here’s the full details:

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Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire ‘private briefings’ on 2016 campaign | Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman, Carol D. Leonnig and Adam Entous, The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/manafort-offered-to-give-russian-billionaire-private-briefings-on-2016-campaign/2017/09/20/399bba1a-9d48-11e7-8ea1-ed975285475e_story.html?utm_term=.f0dd26180ec2Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Report: Manafort offered campaign briefings to Kremlin-linked billionaire – Axios

https://www.axios.com/report-manafort-offered-briefings-to-kremlin-linked-billionaire-2487680949.htmlThe key paragraph: “The emails are among tens of thousands of documents that have been turned over to congressional investigators and Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller.”

Paul Manafort offered ‘private briefings’ on Trump campaign to Russian billionaire | Diana Stancy Correll, Washington Examiner

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/paul-manafort-offered-private-briefings-on-trump-campaign-to-russian-billionaire/article/2635097Deripaska is a aluminum magnate and had conducted business previously with Manafort, according to the Washington Post.”If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016 in an email read to the Washington Post.A report on Monday said that Manafort, who has been entangled in an FBI investigation, had been wiretapped by the U.S.

Manafort offered election briefings to Russian oligarch: report | Christopher Brennan, NY Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/manafort-offered-election-briefings-russian-oligarch-report-article-1.3509674Mueller’s investigation into Manafort is believed to touch on the adviser’s work in Ukraine, which ultimately led to his departure from the Trump campaign last August after reports he had received money under the table.

Scarlett is a mom and a friend. She blogs for a living but really prefers to read more than write. She writes mostly about politics, but occasionally delves into book and movie reviews.

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