Watch This Older Clip of Paul Manafort Squirming When Asked About RussiaBy Darlene Powers Mar 23, 2017
In light of today's reports about Paul Manafort's pro-Russia agenda, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked if he was certain that no one in President Trump's administration is working for a worldwide government agency.
"So a individual who worked for the campaign for five months, for the President's two-year-long campaign, who worked with a Russian entity a decade ago is the subject of rampant media speculation all day long, even though the Clintons had much more extensive ties", Spicer said.
Deripaska's ties to Putin are so close that Russia's foreign minister has asked USA secretary of states for more than a decade to help Deripaska secure a visa to enter the United States. "Trump was furious, he said, 'That's more than he pays me".
A veteran of Republican conventions stretching back to Ford's 1976 campaign, Manafort was hired last March to manage Trump's delegate operation when it appeared the candidate might face a floor fight at the convention and his campaign was struggling.
The longtime GOP operative was eventually dismissed from the campaign in August amid a swirling controversy around his work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. The strategy memos and transfers of funds, however, suggest a link between the former campaign strategist and Russian Federation that goes far beyond anything Manafort - or the Trump administration - had admitted to.
But new reports have surfaced about Manafort's business relationships with associates of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
He has been a leading focus of the United States government's investigation into whether Trump associates co-ordinated with Moscow to meddle in the 2016 campaign.
"That's basically taking money to stop the spread of democracy, and that would be very disturbing to me", he said Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
Protesters rally against GOP's health care plan in Memphis
As Vox notes , the manager's amendment does not even attempt to fix the core problems with the widely unpopular legislation. He told CNN the change would help bring along other members of his state's delegation who are now wavering on the bill.
Given the White House's continued efforts to distance itself from Manafort, we made a decision to review the facts ourselves around his involvement in the Trump campaign.
Roger Stone, an unofficial campaign adviser, was also identified by the Times for possessing knowledge of Clinton's emails prior to WikiLeaks' release last summer.
In fact, Manafort is being investigated for failure to register as a foreign agent with the federal government while receiving an alleged $12.7 million in payments from Russia-aligned Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych from 2005 to 2012.
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Sen.
One day we're going to wake up in the morning to find that there's been no new and terrifying news about the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.
Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge fund manager who served on Trump's national finance committee during Manafort's tenure at the helm, said he has "a lot of respect" for Manafort and said he believed Manafort's denial.
He clarified that description during his briefing on Wednesday, though the White House continued to distance itself from Manafort. "And we are seeing that it's not just the deep personal/political financial ties that Donald Trump and his team has with Russia", Swalwell said.
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