Lost in the chaos of the last two days were recent breaking developments in the Trump/Russia case.
The new information also provides a measure of clarity to the recent article:
AND (best of all) adds an additional boost to the ponderings contained in the article:
The bigly breaking development
A recent report from The Atlantic indicates email exchanges between Mr. Paul Manafort and Mr. Konstantin Kilmnikhad. The two men had previously spent years working together in the Ukraine.
On April 11, 2016, Manafort writes:
“I assume you have shown our friends my media coverage, right?”
“Absolutely, ” while going on to add, “Every article.”
Manafort then asks:
“How do we use to get whole?”
“Has OVD operation seen?”
The Atlantic article also adds, “According to a source close to Manafort, the initials “OVD” refer to Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska, a Russian oligarch and one of Russia’s richest men. The source also confirmed that one of the individuals repeatedly mentioned in the email exchange as an intermediary to Deripaska is an aide to the oligarch.”
Why does this matter?
Paul Manafort was previously involved in a business deal with Mr. Deripaska. Apparently, nearly $19 million of Mr. Deripaska’s money may have been lost in this deal. So, one could interpret that Mr. Manafort’s “use to get whole” reference as a possible attempt at asking how he can repay Mr. Deripaska. After all, Mr. Manafort has many years-long connections to powerful (and perhaps corrupt) Ukrainian and pro-Russian politicians and oligarchs. Thus, it would make sense that Mr. Manafort could easily see how being on Mr. Deripaska’s bad side–might not be such a great place to be. Furthermore, with years of experience, Mr. Manafort would also recognize the need for discretion in coding his words carefully. He may often be accustomed to saying things like, “Did you talk that guy about that thing? Nah, the other thing.”
The email dialogue between Mr. Manafort and those aligned with Mr. Deripaska would continue during Manafort’s time with the Trump campaign. (Hopefully, full transcripts may become publicly available soon.)
A Quick Recap:
As reported in the Trump/Russia Follow the Money $$$ series (Part 5):
Mr. Manafort may have been deeply in debt to a powerful Russian oligarch closely tied to the Kremlin.
On Feb. 29, 2016: Paul Manafort writes a letter to Trump in which he professes his case to work for the Trump campaign by pointing out his previous work with the powerful Ukrainian/Russian oligarchs and dictators.
According to financial records filed in Cyprus in 2015, Manafort was $16 million in debt to pro-Russian shell companies in the Ukraine.
Mr. Manafort also offered his services to the Trump campaign for free.
Coincidentally, Manafort would receive a loan of $16 Million against his properties in New York City.
Also, a recent Washington Post article written by Stephen L. Hall, a 30-year (now retired) CIA official, claims that Paul Manafort “would have looked like the ideal spy.” And would add, “Someone like Deripaska is exactly how they would have gotten to him.”
What does it all mean?
- First, it means that this series (and team Mueller) are on the right track–as all roads lead to Paul Manafort.
- Secondly, one should not rush into the business of giving money to Mr. Manafort.
- It also strongly creates the appearance that Mr. Manafort may have infiltrated the Trump campaign as a way to pay back his money owed to Mr. Deripaska.
- Under such a scenario, it would also suggest that Mr. Manafort’s main objective was to serve Russia’s interest.
- It also supports The Three Chumps: Is it Possible? (#1) exploration of the possibility that Mr. Manafort was the true brains behind the June 9th, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Trump Jr. and Russia.
- Consider that IF Manafort was indeed already working on Russia’s behalf, then he likely would have known and perhaps orchestrated the meeting with Jr. and Kushner. It may have even been a way to gain leverage within the campaign while also recruiting useful partners into his Russia coordination effort.
Please stay tuned to the story for future breaking developments. Also, keep a keen eye out for forthcoming articles in the great new series, The Three Chumps.