It’s show time! https://t.co/ZtKBwdeXFi
— Tengrain (@Tengrain) December 30, 2018
…and with that, I read the Time Magazine article, and it is a hum-dinger!
“A months-long investigation by TIME, however, found that Boyarkin, a former arms dealer with a high forehead and a very low profile, was a key link between a senior member of the Trump campaign and a powerful ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
“A high forehead and a very low profile” sounds like they took a page from the MPS style guide. I feel so honored. Anyway, I digress.
Time documents that Manafort was over a barrel in debt to Russians (hard to pin down, but at least $19M Ameros, and could be more than double that) and they were pressuring him for payback while he was Comrade Candidate Stupid’s 2016 Goat Rodeo Campaign Manager. It seems Manafort might have ripped off Oleg Deripaska, who is buds with Putin. Deripaska hired former Russian intelligence officer Victor Boyarkin to shake down Manafort and get his money back:
“Boyarkin says it fell to him to collect the debt from Manafort. “I came down on him hard,” he says. But the American proved elusive. In a petition filed in the Cayman Islands in 2014, lawyers for Deripaska, a metals tycoon with close ties to the Kremlin, complain that Manafort and his then-partner had “simply disappeared” with around $19 million of the Russian’s money.”
Petting Zoo Paulie ripped off the Russians. Dude is dumb as they come.
“When he reappeared in the headlines around April 2016, Manafort was serving as an unpaid adviser to the Trump campaign. He wanted his long-time patron in Moscow to know all about it.”
I bet they did want to know all about it. And I bet Mr. Mueller knows all about it, too. Last word from Time:
The former Russian intelligence officer says he has been approached by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Boyarkin’s response to those investigators? “I told them to go dig a ditch,” he says. Peter Carr, the spokesman for the Special Counsel’s Office, declined to comment. Through his spokesman, Manafort likewise declined to comment on his alleged connections with Boyarkin.
It’s one more piece of the puzzle, the picture of which is becoming more clear all the time: all the major (and minor) players had connections to Russia, including Comrade Trump. They might all have had different motives (from wanting to avoid some Russian Tea to wanting to build towers there), but they all had them. I don’t know anything about what constitutes collusion, but they all had motives.