Top Trump Campaign Adviser Paul Manafort’s Deep Ties To A Pro-Putin Political Party
Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s chief campaign adviser, did work for Ukraine’s pro-Putin political party and had an office in Kiev as recently as May 2016, according to a recent New York Times report. The investigation also uncovered that Manafort may have received as much as “$12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments” from the pro-Russia political organization.
Manafort dismissed the report as “unfounded, silly and nonsensical,” but like so many others affiliated with the Trump campaign, including Trump himself, Manafort hasn’t shied away from lying to the media.
Trump Foreign Policy Adviser Carter Page’s Russian Investments And Ties
Another sketchy character with even more direct ties to Putin’s Russia is Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page. In July, Page visited Russia to push for a strengthened U.S.relationship with Russia — “[j]ust days before Republicans adopted a new, more Russia-friendly plank into their party platform.”
Previously, Page advised Gazprom, a mostly-state-owned Russian gas producer, counselling the company on investments and deals. As recently as March 2016, Page told Bloomberg that he remained an investor in the Russian company.