The Wall Street Journal reports that Donald Trump’s former campaign chair and senior strategic adviser, Paul Manafort, worked for Russia for much longer, and much more widely than previously acknowledged.
Paul Manafort’s political-consulting firm was active for more than a decade doing work that often dovetailed with Russian political interests not only in Ukraine, but also in Georgia and Montenegro, other countries the Kremlin considered to be in its sphere of influence.
And it appears that for most of these tasks, Manafort had a single handler.
They often involved one principal figure, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a politically connected international operator whose ventures have sometimes aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign-policy objectives. “I don’t separate myself from the state,” he told the Financial Times in 2007. “I have no other interests.”
Piled on all the other information about Manafort, it’s no wonder that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has decided to form a strategic partnership with someone else who has an interest in the the political consultant once described as the head of “the torturer’s lobby.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its investigation into Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, according to several people familiar with the matter.