Donald Trump campaign chief 'offered to brief' Russian billionaire on presidential race

Posted September 22, 2017

A spokeswoman for Deripaska dismissed the significance of the emails, saying they were part of scheming by "consultants in the notorious "beltway bandit" industry".

Asked by CNN's Don Lemon Wednesday night if he was aware of the FBI's surveillance of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, Clapper said he didn't.

The Clinton/Obama-friendly media went ballistic over President Trump's tweeted accusation that President Obama had wiretapped him.

The sources, however, cautioned that the evidence was not conclusive.

Getting a wiretap on someone isn't easy.

The Post's team writes that this is, in fact, the angle investigators are taking - suspecting that this email reflects a desire by Manafort to profit from his position.

CHUCK TODD: If there was a FISA court order on something like this. Thus, Clapper's answers to questions framed in terms of the campaign did not cover relevant people who, at the time of the surveillance, lacked formal ties to the campaign - people such as Manafort and Stone. It's like walking into your final exam with an F, withdrawing from the class, and getting an incomplete grade instead. In July, the F.B.I. carried out an early-morning raid on Manafort's home in Alexandria, VA. Mueller has also subpoenaed Lewandowski's personal spokesman and former attorney. The Wall Street Journal's Brett Forrest recently chronicled what's known of their relationship, and according to his account, Deripaska helped set Manafort up for what turned out to be years of lucrative work for pro-Russian political parties in Ukraine.

Even if anonymously sourced reports prove true, and it turns out that 11 years of Paul Manafort's business activities are under an Federal Bureau of Investigation microscope, the ultimate meaning for Donald Trump's presidency remains hazy. We have concrete evidence that our judicial system suspects that Manafort committed a crime.

Meanwhile, conservatives are focusing not on the utter lack of patriotism in the campaign of the U.S. President or the way Russian Federation did actually interfere in the U.S. election, but on Obama's carefully chosen words regarding Trump's unfounded wiretapping accusation/warning to those around him that they were being tapped during a specific time. More shady global business!

"If he needs private briefings we can accommodate", Manafort wrote.

The problem that a lot of people have with this whole Russian Federation narrative is that much of the hashtag resistance has made it all about treason on the American side, when it seems like it was all about money.

CNN said interest in Manafort deepened because of intercepted communications between him and Russian operatives, and among the Russians.

The last piece of the puzzle that looks truly bad for Manafort is this report released back in May.

Manafort emailed an overseas intermediary requesting that his message be passed along to aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin with whom Manafort had previously done business. I can't speak for other Title III authorized entities in the government or a state or local entity.

We're officially in a new phase of this investigation.