Trump, Manafort, and Russia
Who is Paul Manafort?
Paul Manafort played a key role in Trump’s campaign last year, 2016.
What did Paul Manafort do?
As far back as 2005, Manafort agreed to help advance Putin’s political interests in the USA, and in 2006, signed a multimillion dollar deal to help consult and advise for a very close Putin colleague, Oleg Deripaska, aluminum magnate for Russia. The Trump administration has denied any allegations that this was a conflict of interest, and even Sean Spicer has told the public in so many words, “what would it matter to us what someone did 10 years ago?”
This is just one of the many points tying the Trump administration to the Kremlin, albeit a very serious one, and investigations are still ongoing into how this could have affected the 2016 campaign for the White House.
Alternative Fact: Sean Spicer in a press conference stated Manafort had a “limited role or a limited time” downplaying his work in the Trump campaign.
Real Fact: Manafort Worked as Trump’s campaign advisor chairman last year from March to August.
Devin Nunes – A Hired Deflection from the White House?
Who is Devin Nunes?
Nunes (R – Calif.) is the current House Intelligence Committee Chairman.
What did David Nunes do?
On March 22nd, Nunez told the general public communications may have been picked up by US intelligence agencies during the transition of power between the president and president elect.
Trump needed this moment for his base, claiming “I very much appreciate the fact that they found what they found.”
Oddly, Nunes is leading the investigation of Russian meddling in the most recent presidential election.Information handling was atrocious. Here’s why:
- Nunes claims information was from an anonymous source, even though the GOP bashes media for this same practice (citing anonymous sources).
- Shared information with the press before Nunes’ own intelligence committee coworkers, including his colleague Adam Schiff (D – Calif.).
- Nunes briefed Trump about the material even though it could potentially be a conflict of interest.
This outlandish material seems to come at a perfect time to help a seemingly drowning White House that continues to perpetuate it’s wire tap claims.
Alternative Facts: Nunes has information to connect the previous administration of spying on the Trump campaign’s transition to power validating Breitbart’s claims from a “trusted” anonymous source.
Real Fact: On March 20th, FBI Director James Comey debunked in Trump Tower wire tapping allegations in it’s entirety in front of the House Intelligence Committee and the American public.