A report from The Daily Beast suggests Paul Manafort, Trump’s ex-campaign chairman, enlisted the help of Democratic lawyers in his pro-Russia efforts.
Democratic lawyers may soon be tied up in the numerous investigations into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, according to an explosive new report from The Daily Beast.
The Daily Beast‘s Spencer Ackerman reported early Tuesday morning that Trump’s ex-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, worked with former Obama administration lawyers on pro-Russia efforts in Ukraine, years before Manafort’s involvement with Trump.
When Paul Manafort needed a powerful D.C. law firm to bless an alarming act by his clients in Kiev’s pro-Kremlin regime in Kiev, Donald Trump’s future campaign chairman turned to attorneys with significant ties to Barack Obama’s administration.
In exchange, a team led by Obama’s former White House counsel Greg Craig at the firm of Skadden Arps produced a report that whitewashed the pro-Putin government of Viktor Yanukovych for jailing Yanukovych’s anti-Kremlin predecessor. Manafort consulted for Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. And they did it all for roughly $13,000—a conspicuously small amount for top lawyers at a prestigious law firm. (Prosecutors in Ukraine have reportedly alleged a million dollars more in secret payments.)
This builds on news from The Washington Post last week that lawyers for special counsel Robert Mueller have subpoenaed two lobbying firms in Washington, D.C., Mercury Public Affairs and SGR LLC. Mercury, according to the Post, “worked on the Ukraine lobbying project with the Podesta group, led by Anthony Podesta, brother of John Podesta, who led Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”
The far-sweeping investigation has involved many of President Trump’s current and former aides and associates, but recent days have brought the first headlines about Democrats.
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