Special Attorney Robert Mueller managed to find evidence of a link between ex-head of Donald Trump's campaign headquarters, Paul Manafort and Oleg Deripaska. Billionaire financed the work of Manafort in Ukraine, giving him at least one loan for $ 10 million.
The US judicial authorities managed to find out more close ties, than was previously known, between Paul Manafort and Oleg Deripaska, Reuters reports. From the application for a search of Manafort's apartment in Virginia, printed out on Wednesday, it became known that the Russian billionaire granted a loan of $ 10 million to the former head of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump. Corresponding written statements were given by the FBI agent who studied tax returns of the company controlled by Manafort and his wife.
The search application provided key evidence for Mueller as part of his investigation into alleged interference in the presidential campaign of 2016. The special prosecutor was looking for a financial connection between Manafort and Deripaska, who in the United States is considered an entrepreneur close to the Kremlin. In April, the billionaire himself, as well as the companies he owned, were added to the new US sanctions list, completely cutting them off from the financial system of the world's largest economy.
So far, we have only managed to prove that Oleg Deripaska financed the work of Paul Manafort in Ukraine in 2005-2006. This information is also contained in the document printed on Wednesday. However, the name of the source in it is edited, and this may indicate that they may be a former partner of Manafort.
Earlier Tuesday, a federal judge in Virginia rejected a motion to dismiss the case. The defense of Manaforte insisted that Mueller did not have a mandate to prosecute him.
The former head of the election campaign of Donald Trump was charged with Washington and Virginia in a number of crimes: conspiracy to launder money, banking and tax fraud, and work for the pro-Russian government of Ukraine. Charges to Manafort and his partner Richard Gates were brought in December last year. Manafort did not plead guilty and was held under house arrest. But in mid-June, Mueller stated that he was putting pressure on the witnesses, after which the court sent the accused under arrest. The trial of Manafort in Virginia will begin in July, and in Washington is scheduled for September.
Earlier in March 2017, the Associated Press reported that Manafort received $ 50 million from Oleg Deripaska for "promoting the interests of Vladimir Putin." In May, Deripaska sued the agency, demanding compensation in the amount of $ 75,000. For libel. In December of the same year, the billionaire withdrew his suit. A month later, Deripaska filed a lawsuit against Manafort because of the "traceless loss of $ 26 million." A suit against Manafort and Gates was filed with the US Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York State, registered in Cyprus by Surf Horizon Ltd. The plaintiff insisted that he had lost this money invested by the defendants in the Ukrainian company Black Sea Cable.
Also in the search application, it was confirmed that Mueller was investigating the role of Manafort in organizing the meeting that took place in the Trump Tower Tower in New York on June 9, 2016 between Donald Trump the younger and Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya. It is assumed that the latter then reported information that harmed the candidate from the Democrats Hillary Clinton.
The document also said that the FBI was looking for "messages, documents and other files with the participation of any of the people present at the meeting, including Araz and Emin Agalarov." The Press Service of the "Basic Element" has not yet responded to the request of Forbes.
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