In the damp and sordid world of political “consultants,” fixers and bag-men, there’s shady, there’s dark, and then there’s Paul “Pavel®” Manafort. He sits at the sinister center of the Trump/Russia hookup, but don’t call it a comeback, Pavel’s been ganksta™ for years. As a lobbyist, he's famously worked on behalf of human-rights-abusing states and dictators such as Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko. Always on the dark side of history, he has brokered the sale of submarines to Pakistan and facilitated the flow of arms and cash to Jonas Savimbi in Angola.
Before his most recent gig as national Chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Manafort worked (2004-2015) as an “advisor” to the Putin-connected Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian “Party of Regions.” He was reportedly paid $12.7 million by the Party of Regions for his pro-Russian efforts. When these reports surfaced in August 2016, Manafort was forced to resign his position with Trump’s campaign.
At the RNC in July, though, Trump’s campaign succeeded in gutting the GOP’s anti-Russia stance on Ukraine. The Washington Post and The New York times have pointed to this as a potential smoking gun in the pay-for-play relationship between Putin and Trump’s upending of 70 years of anti-expansionist, pro-democracy Republican policies toward Russia.
The New York Times reports that Manafort is currently under active investigation by the CIA, NSA, FBI, ODNI and FinCEN (the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the Treasury Department.) Impressive. Know your thug.® Congratulations, Paul “Pavel®” Manafort! You’re a ganksta!™ And this ganksta administration has to go. Please share!
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