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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Political guru Paul Manafort took at least 18 trips to Moscow and was in frequent contact with Vladimir Putin's allies for nearly a decade as a consultant in Russia and Ukraine for oligarchs and pro-Kremlin parties. ... Manafort's flight records in and out of Ukraine, which McClatchy obtained from a government source in Kiev, and interviews with more than a dozen people familiar with his activities, including current and former government officials, suggest the links between Trump's former campaign manager and Russia sympathizers run deeper than previously thought.

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What's now known leads some Russia experts to suspect that the Kremlin's emissaries at times turned Manafort into an asset acting on Russia's behalf. "You can make a case that all along he ... was either working principally for Moscow, or he was trying to play both sides against each other just to maximize his profits," said Daniel Fried, a former assistant secretary of state who communicated with Manafort during Yanukovych's reign in President George W. Bush's second term.

"He's at best got a conflict of interest and at worst is really doing Putin's bidding," said Fried, now a fellow with the Atlantic Council.

A central question for Justice Department Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller and several congressional committees is whether Manafort, in trying to boost Trump's underdog campaign, in any way collaborated with Russia's cyber meddling aimed at improving Trump's electoral prospects.

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Ties to Russia? The Trump administration?

No way, Владимир!

#1 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-26 08:41 PM | Reply

Please forgive typo. Make that No way, José.

#2 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-26 08:43 PM | Reply

How can Manafort be a double agent if Trump and Putin both have the same goals? It seems to me it's the only reason Manafort was hired in the first place.

I thought everybody already knew that.

#3 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-11-26 09:38 PM | Reply

And when was Manafort making these trips? About 5 years before he was involved with Trump's campaign, but during the time he was involved with the Podesta Group.

#4 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 12:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

And when was Manafort making these trips? About 5 years before he was involved with Trump's campaign, but during the time he was involved with the Podesta Group.

#4 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

I love how you act like he was only involved with the Podesto Group. Like he was legit one of their employees and rather than doing side work as a contractor.

It's adorable.

How long until you graduate high school?

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-27 01:36 PM | Reply

Manafort was just a covfefe boy, he really had nothing to do with the campaign.

#6 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-27 04:14 PM | Reply

And when was Manafort making these trips? About 5 years before he was involved with Trump's campaign, but during the time he was involved with the Podesta Group.
#4 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Oh so 4 years after trump entered politics and proved himself useful idiot номер один with "birtherism". About right when the collusion was likely to begin.

#7 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-27 04:16 PM | Reply

It's distressing to helplessly watch Trump incrementally dismantle our country as he marches it toward a dictatorship. The fate of this country right now seems to be in the hands of Mueller. I wonder who's going to get to the finish line first?

Trump's Америка ... or ours?

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-11-27 09:18 PM | Reply

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