As reported by Restore Progress earlier this week, a Ukrainian lawmaker has recently come forward with credible evidence that former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort allegedly laundered money for pro-Russian factions in the Ukraine. Now, the AP is reporting that Manfafort worked in secret to benefit Vladimir Putin’s government in the mid-2000’s.
As reported by The Hill: “Paul Manafort, who worked as President Trump’s campaign manager in 2016, secretly worked to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government a decade ago, according to a new report.”
“Manafort partnered with a Russian billionaire and crafted a political strategy for undermining anti-Russian sentiment across former Soviet republics…The AP reported that Manafort proposed the strategy as early as June 2005, ultimately signing a $10 million annual contract with Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska in 2006.”
In recent days, the White House has sought to minimize the role played by Manafort on the Trump campaign. Given the emerging evidence of the extremely deep and profitable ties between Manafort and Russia, it is no surprise that the Trump team is trying to put as much distance between Manafort and the White House as possible. This is a tough task, however, as Manafort served as the chairman of the Trump campaign, and was one of Trump’s closest advisers.