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#1 User is offline   pepperonikkid 

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  Posted 03 July 2019 - 09:38 AM

Russian oligarch's story could spell trouble for Team Mueller



https://thehill.com
BY JOHN SOLOMON
07/02/19


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Sometimes it is the quiet, elusive ones who come back to haunt you. And for ex-special prosecutor Robert Mueller, one of those might be a Russian billionaire named Oleg Deripaska.

The oligarch who once controlled Russia's largest aluminum empire has been an international man of intrigue in the now-completed and disproven Trump collusion investigation.

Deripaska was a disaffected former business client of Donald Trump's fallen campaign chairman Paul Manafort. He also was a legal research client of Trump-hating, Clinton-aiding British spy Christopher Steele. In his spare time, he was an occasional friendly cooperator with the FBI and its fired deputy director, Andrew McCabe.

And, at the height of the Russia collusion hysteria, Deripaska was sanctioned by the Trump administration to financially punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for his meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

With the Russia case, in which he had so many connections, now completed, Deripaska is breaking his silence. And what he has to say could impact Mueller's July 17 testimony before Congress.

In a wide-ranging interview with me, Deripaska confirmed a story told to me more than a year ago by law enforcement sources: He was indeed interviewed by FBI agents in September 2016 during the early Russia probe, and he told them he strongly doubted the bureau's theory that the Trump campaign, through Manafort, was colluding with Moscow to hijack the 2016 election.

"I told them straightforward, 'Look, I am not a friend with him [Manafort]. Apparently not, because I started a court case [against him] six or nine months before . But since I'm Russian I would be very surprised that anyone from Russia would try to approach him for any reason, and wouldn't come and ask me my opinion,' " he said, recounting exactly what he says he told the FBI agents that day.

"I told them straightforward, I just don't believe that he would represent any Russian interest. And knowing what he's doing on Ukraine for the last, what, seven or eight years."

OK, so why should you care if a Russian denied Trump campaign collusion with Russia during the election?


First, Deripaska wasn't just any Russian. He was closely aligned with Putin and had been helpful to the FBI as far back as 2009. So he had earned some trust with the agents.

Most importantly, Deripaska's interview with the FBI reportedly was never provided by Team Mueller to Manafort's lawyers, even though it was potential proof of innocence, according to Manafort defense lawyer Kevin Downing. Manafort, initially investigated for collusion, was convicted on tax and lobbying violations unrelated to the Russia case.

That omission opens a possible door for appeal for what is known as a Brady violation, for hiding exculpatory information from a defendant.

"Recent revelations by The Hill prove that the Office of Special Counsel's (OSC) claim that they had a legitimate basis to include Paul Manafort in an investigation of potential collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government is false," Downing told me. "The failure to disclose this information to Manafort, the courts, or the public reaffirms that the OSC did not have a legitimate basis to investigate Manafort, and may prove that the OSC had no legitimate basis to investigate potential collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government."



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Posted 03 July 2019 - 04:51 PM

This should end with Mueller sharing a cell with Avenatti.
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Posted 03 July 2019 - 08:33 PM

Don't get your hopes up, this is not a Media Approved Narrative. They'll bury it.
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Posted 04 July 2019 - 04:49 PM

No, it will just die and float away, like all the other crap the deep state started.

LETS SEE SOME ARRESTS....FROG MARCHES....HILLARY AT A DEFENDENTS TABLE!!!!!

Until that happens, STFU!!! It's all fluff!
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Posted 04 July 2019 - 09:02 PM

Didn't realize rightwingers nowadays put so much stock into Russian oligarch's stories :smoker:

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Posted 04 July 2019 - 10:05 PM

View PostAntonToo, on 04 July 2019 - 09:02 PM, said:

Didn't realize rightwingers nowadays put so much stock into Russian oligarch's stories :smoker:

Not bad, Anton. :P
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