Time does some digging and produces more evidence Paul Manafort was working for Russia during the 2016 campaign
To unpack this great piece a little: While PAUL MANAFORT was running TRUMP's campaign, he was also working with an "ex"-GRU officer to try to appease a Russian oligarch with close ties to PUTIN.
A former Russian intelligence officer Victor Boyarkin was a key link between a senior member of the Trump campaign and a powerful ally of Putin, Oleg #Deripaska. Boyarkin says it fell to him to collect the debt from Manafort: “I came down on him hard.”
The best case for Trump is that he didn’t know Manafort was deeply in debt to & compromised by the Russians when he hired him as campaign manager. If his vetting was that deficient, it’s not in the realm of possibility for him to run the country.
Exclusive: Russian ex-spy pressured Manafort over debts to an oligarch
Exclusive months-long investigation: Russian ex-spy- connected to a powerful Putin ally- pressured Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort over debts to an oligarch in the height of the campaign
BREAKING: Kremlin oligarch close to Putin pressured Manafort through ex-spy Boyarkin over Manafort’s outstanding debt to the oligarch while he was running Trump’s campaign
Manafort "owed us a lot of money," said a former Russsian intelligence officer/arms dealer. "And he was offering ways to pay it back."
BIG: Russian ex-spy pressured Manafort over debts to oligarch Deripaska. This important report from is a chilling reminder of the dark world of Russian espionage, diplomacy and arms trade at the heart of the Trump-Russia scandal. Our world now.
The elusive Viktor Boyarkin, a Russian ex-spy who headed the US sanctions list, appears to be the key link between Manafort and a powerful ally of Vladimir Putin. “He owed us a lot of money,” Boyarkin says. “And he was offering ways to pay it back.”
In other (actual) news, TIME reported today that a former Russian intelligence officer and arms dealer was a key link between Paul Manafort and a powerful Putin ally
“Boyarkin was in touch with Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in the heat of the presidential race on behalf of a Russian oligarch, [Oleg Deripaska]. ‘He owed us a lot of money,’ Boyarkin says. ‘And he was offering ways to pay it back.’”
Manafort owed a Russian oligarch millions just as he became Trump’s campaign manager. To pay off his debt he offered, among other things, to help steer Montenegro away from NATO.
As the Russians squeezed him for the millions he owed, Paul Manafort offered to run the Trump campaign for free. Almost immediately, Trump became a mouthpiece for Kremlin propaganda.
Incredible reporting by — Exclusive: Russian ex-spy pressured Manafort over debts to an oligarch
The man Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska sent to collect money from Paul Manafort (while Manafort was Donald Trump’s campaign chairman) is a Russian intelligence officer. Russian spies have a strange habit of swarming around Trump people.
“He owed us a lot of money,” Boyarkin says. “And he was offering ways to pay it back.”
Exclusive: Russian Ex-Spy Pressured Manafort Over Debts to an Oligarch
"[Manafort] owed us a lot of money...and he was offering ways to pay it back."
Mexico isn’t the problem. Trump should have built a wall to keep his campaign out of Russia... “Victor Boyarkin, had links to the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump.”