What drew a target on Voronenkov’s back seems to have been knowing too much about Paul Manafort’s former client, Viktor Yanukovych.
But the threat of radioactive elements isn’t the only reason the Trump White House is hiding from Manafort.
The White House on Wednesday sought to again distance itself from President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who is under increasing scrutiny over his connections to Russian business interests.
After days of trying to “distance itself” from Manafort and claiming that he had a minor role in the campaign, it’s hard to escape the fact that Manafort designed the Trump campaign down to Trump’s signature rallies and ran the entire show up to and beyond the RNC.
After supposedly leaving the campaign under a cloud concerning his pro-Russian activities in Ukraine, Manafort was never far away, and his associate Rick Gates remains a key player.
Through Manafort, Gates is tied to many of the same business titans from Ukraine and Russia, including Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with strong ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that Manafort had a multimillion-dollar contract with Deripaska between at least 2005 and 2009 that was aimed at helping the political interests of Putin.
That plan was the package that Manafort offered to put together to make the United States more favorable to Putin’s Russia. Meanwhile Trump contends that he knew nothing about the affair that involved his campaign chair, his commerce secretary, and his surrogate.
The AP's reporting about Manafort's activities "undermines the groundless assertions that the administration has been making that there are no ties between President Trump and Russia. This is not a drip, drip, drip," said Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California, a member of the House intelligence committee. "This is now dam-breaking with water flushing out with all kinds of entanglements."
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