Zeroing in on the spring of 2016, the Papadopoulos indictment provides a roadmap of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. In the spring of 2016, a flurry of Kremlin-linked activity coincided with a sudden influx of individuals with Russian ties to the Trump campaign. Suddenly, there were two campaigns to elect Donald Trump: the Trump campaign and a Russian-led campaign.
Paul Manafort, the chairman of the Trump campaign was just indicted forconspiracy against the United States of America in the Russia collusion investigation, along with 11 other charges.
Natalia Veselnitskaya is a Russian attorney whose experience over the years, including aggressive lobbying against the Magnitsky Act, has brought her into contact with high-ranking Russian government officials. She became a central part of the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin after it was revealed that she attended the June 9, 2016, meeting with Donald Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner at Trump Tower to reportedly share damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Post article highlighted Paul Manafort’s relationship with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. The article brought to light new information about just how eager Manafort was to strengthen his (and Trump’s) ties with Russia. In light of this, let’s take a closer look at who exactly Oleg Deripaska is:
In 2016, Russia hacked our election, revealing a dangerous vulnerability in America’s electoral security. Despite this unprecedented violation of America’s most sacred political institution, congressional Republican leaders have done nothing to secure our election system and prevent future attacks.
A series of seemingly unrelated reports and analyses out this week point in a single direction: The case that Russian meddling played a key role in the 2016 election’s outcome is becoming increasingly evident, and the Russian government found the Trump campaign to be a willing and eager partner in its goals.