Reporting of $12.7 million in undisclosed Ukrainian payments & Manafort’s financial involvement with Deripaska reportedly led Trump to note, “I’ve got a crook running my campaign.”
Then, ties became more ambiguous.
In 2014 Deripaska filed a lawsuit against Manafort claiming that Manafort and Gates had “simply disappeared.”
Deripaska invested $18.9 million in 2008 to finance the purchase of Black Sea Cable.
Deripaska has also claimed that he paid “about $7.3 million in management fees.”
He wanted his money back.
Manafort was interviewed by the FBI in July 2014, and began taking out loans on his real estate properties.
Manafort remained indebted to Deripaska.
Deripaska was allowed entry into the United States “eight times between 2011 and 2014
In 2017, Waldman was also representing Julian Assange. Waldman also, at the same time, represented interests of Christopher Steele.
In late 2014, Steele and DOJ official Bruce Ohr met in Washington to discuss cultivating Deripaska into an FBI informant.
As Steele and Ohr were having their discussions, Manafort reached out to the Trump campaign on 2-29-16 and was hired on March 28.
In one email, Manafort asked, “How do we use to get whole?”
Manafort sent an email to Kilimnik “If he needs private briefings we can accommodate.”
They asked Deripaska about Manafort’s ties to Russia.
The FBI also “posited a theory that Trump’s campaign was secretly colluding with Russia to hijack the U.S. election.”
Deripaska reportedly dismissed the idea
Waldman also met three times with Assange in London in January 2017.
He would meet Assange 2 times in March, 3 times in April & 2 times in November.
“Waldman negotiated with the Justice Department on a possible deal to get the WikiLeaks founder limited immunity and safe passage out of a London embassy to talk with U.S. officials.”
Immediately following that meeting, Waldman was contacted by David Laufman, a Deputy Assistant Attorney General and head of counterintelligence for the DOJ’s National Security Division, via an email.
A number of other high-ranking DOJ and FBI officials, including Rachel Brand, James Rybicki, Josh Campbell and Michael Kortan all resigned within days of each other.
The exchange may have originated earlier but these are the first dates made public.
Warner had to be aware that his encrypted text exchanges would have been visible to the NSA.
Just want to underscore my opinion and the reason I got involved – this guy is going to do something catastrophic for the dems, Obama, CIA and national security. I hope someone will consider getting him to the US to ameliorate the damage.
Comey issued a stand-down order regarding any further negotiations, but it appears he was overridden by someone within the DOJ—possibly Laufman—and negotiations with Assange continued
Deripaska would make the same offer again in May 2017.
Some of these tools were also able to bypass encryption-enabled applications like WhatsApp and Telegram.
Comey would testify that he immediately briefed Coats on the ongoing Russia Investigation.
Comey also cryptically implied that he had not briefed former DNI Clapper.
Steele: “Hi! Just wondering if you had any news? Obviously, we’re a bit apprehensive given scheduled appearance at Congress on Monday. Hoping that important firewalls will hold. Many thanks.”
During testimony, Comey stated that he intentionally withheld congressional notification of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation until some weeks prior to his testimony.
Warner 3/23: Need to coordinate date for trip can you talk with my scheduler also want to discuss Paul
Waldman 3/25: Deripaska is in London Mon-Thur and I might be able to arrange a mtg w him too if you wish. I discussed it with him today
On April 10 2017 Waldman texted Warner regarding all three of his clients—Steele, Assange and Deripaska
Several days later, CIA Dir Pompeo slammed Assange and WikiLeaks:
“It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is—a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.”
Assange told a U.S. congressman he can prove the leaked Democratic Party documents he published during last year’s election did not come from Russia and promised additional helpful information about the leaks in the near future.”
On April 5, 2018, Waldman’s firm, the Endeavor Group severed ties with Deripaska, after nearly nines years of representation.
On Oct. 8, the U.S. government moved to freeze Deripaska’s U.S. assets, including mansions in Manhattan and Washington.
Following a Nov. 27 ruling, the charges against Assange will remain sealed for the time being as the judge awaits more information.