Trump ex-campaign chairman Manafort secretly worked for Russian billionaire to ‘benefit Putin government,’ files show /

The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work.

via Trump ex-campaign chairman Manafort secretly worked for Russian billionaire to ‘benefit Putin government,’ files show /

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