According to the Wall Street Journal, Mueller’s investigative team is looking into a situation where former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was to be paid $15 million for essentially kidnapping a Turkish national from the United States and extraditing him to Turkey. Vice President Pence has tried to maintain a conspicuous ignorance when it comes to the misdeeds of one of the longest-serving campaign aides. But this bonkers Turkey scheme allegedly occurred in mid-December, well into the Trump presidential transition led by Pence. And shortly thereafter, Flynn told the transition that he was under FBI investigation for secretly working as a foreign agent for Turkey.
Last week brought news about criminal charges against key campaign officials with concerning ties to Russia – Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg – the Paradise Papers and other recent revelations have shown more questionable ties to Russia among administration officials as well.
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.
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.