And we are supposed to believe Trump did not know about this?
President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chair was pressured by a Russian oligarch over his debts, Time magazine reported Saturday. Former Russian intelligence officer Victor Boyarkin “was a key link” between Manafort and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. The report followed a “months-long investigation” by Time. “He owed us a lot of money,” Boyarkin says. “And he was offering ways to pay it back.” Boyarkin says he was approached by special counsel Robert Mueller. “I told…
For the same reason we are supposed to believe that the ‘Steele Dossier’ was somehow all made up:
Christmas for Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between Moscow and the Trump administration may not be over yet, and the woes for Michael Cohen, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including campaign finance violations, may have just begun. In an article published Thursday, news agency McClatchy DC cites four sources who say a mobile phone connected to Cohen “briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials.” If true, the claims would lend additional support to the controversial and inflammatory Steele dossier, which famously claimed that Cohen had been in Prague around that time on behalf of then–presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Cohen has denied for more than a year that he ever visited Prague—one of the most specific claims in the dossier, which ex-spy Christopher Steele compiled in 2016 as he researched Trump’s alleged connections to Russia. According to the dossier, Cohen secretly met with Kremlin insiders in Prague in August or September 2016 to discuss how to cover up or contain scandals involving Paul Manafort’s and Carter Page’s communications with Russians, connections between Trump and Moscow, and payments to hackers who targeted Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
That makes the NRA traitors:
Republican operative Paul Erickson, the boyfriend of accused Russian spy Maria Butina, wrote in private communications that he used the National Rifle Association as a “conduit” to set up a “very private line of communication” between the Trump campaign and Russian interests. Erickson has been notified by federal prosecutors that he is a target in an ongoing investigation.
Butina, charged with working as an agent for the Russian government and with conspiracy, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors on Monday. In the plea agreement, she admitted that she and “US Person 1” (Erickson) “agreed and conspired with a Russian government official” to “act in the United States under the direction of the Russian official without prior notification to the Attorney General”.
Of course Trump has nothing to say about it:
The US Justice Department has charged a Russian woman with links to a close ally of President Vladimir Putin with conspiring to interfere in the upcoming US midterm elections.
The criminal complaint, filed in September and publicly disclosed on Friday, alleges that Elena Khusyaynova was instrumental in a wide-ranging campaign to influence American politics via social media, evidence that Russian attempts to interfere in domestic American affairs did not end with the 2016 US election.
A Russian billionaire who orchestrated the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting formed a new American shell company a month beforehand with an accountant who has had clients accused of money laundering and embezzlement.
The billionaire, Aras Agalarov, created the US company anonymously while preparing to move almost $20m into the country during the time of the presidential election campaign, according to interviews and corporate filings.
The company was set up for him in May 2016 by his Russian-born accountant, who has also managed the US finances of compatriots accused of mishandling millions of dollars. One of those clients has its own connection to the Trump Tower meeting.
Source: Revealed: Russian billionaire set up US company before Trump Tower meeting | US news | The Guardian
If Steele’s dossier is made-up why would Putin want to kill the guy:
Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the infamous Donald Trump Russia scandal “dossier” that contained, among other serious allegations, the Trump “pee tape” story, was the target of an assassination plot ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, a leading newspaper in the United Kingdom reported on Saturday night.
Prosecutors said on Friday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s onetime campaign manager, would cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian electoral interference.
Given Manafort’s close involvement with Russia and the Trump campaign, the news could constitute a major blow to President Trump as he tries to contain the damage from Mueller’s probe. However, Manafort’s web of connections in the murky world of lobbying and foreign influence means that the information prosecutors extract from him may not necessarily involve the president directly.
Source: Paul Manafort to Cooperate With Special Counsel