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THREAD: *Many* ties link Team🇷🇺Trump to #Russia. Manafort & Gates were central‼️

👉🏼Manafort: Trump’s most powerful political operative, helped secure GOP nomination
👉🏼Gates: his deputy, was along for the whole ride

Team🇺🇸Mueller noticed that Putins's🇷🇺allies paid MILLIONS to Manafort/Gates to impose Moscow’s will on #Ukraine in DIRECT OPPOSITION to stated US foreign policy‼️ 2/
Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch & close ally to Putin & fmr Ukrainian President Yanukovych, is key to the #Russia🇷🇺Manafort connection.

Firtash owns 45% of RosUkrEnergo (RUE)— a shady operation that brings gas from Turkmenistan to Ukraine.🤨

Manafort entered the picture in the mid-2000's:

👉🏼worked for Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest guy & pro-#Russia🇷🇺
👉🏼ran campaign for pro-Russia Yanukovych & Party of Regions

Fmr Ukrainian (pro-#Russia🇷🇺) President Kuchma *rigged* the 2004 election for Yanukovych, whose campaign was overseen by MANAFORT.🤨

Ukrainians protested & Ukrainian Supreme court ordered a redo👉🏼Yanukovych lost‼️ 5/

As a *bonus*, Manafort became a partner w/Ukrainian & #Russian🇷🇺oligarchs who worked for Yanukovych & had connections to Putin, Firtash & the Russian MOB‼️😳

Manafort & Gates worked w/Putin-linked mobsters & oligarchs to LAUNDER MONEY.🤨

Gazprom🇷🇺sold gas at a LOW price to Firtash's RUE👉🏼sold to Ukraine at a HIGH price. Profits used to bribe & control Ukrainian politicians‼️ 7/
The #Russian🇷🇺mob helped Firtash launder the money used to BRIBE Ukrainian officials to keep them pro-#Russia.😡

Firtash was rewarded w/BILLIONS in credit from Kremlin-linked banks.🙄

Money laundered by the #Russian🇷🇺mob helped tilt Ukraine’s politics to Moscow👉🏼Manafort & Gates paid MILLIONS to run political campaigns for pro-#Russia Yanukovych & the Party of Regions‼️ 9/
Many Ukrainians were rightfully PISSED & politicians not in Putin’s pocket resisted👉🏼#Russia🇷🇺then cut off the gas into Ukraine.

Putin & pals got a deal even MORE corrupt👉🏼massively increased opportunity to cheat & steal money.😡 10/
Armed w/even MORE dirty money, Yanukovych & his pro-#Russia🇷🇺Party of Regions won MORE seats, further weakening influence of pro-Western, pro-US politicians.🤔

And Manafort was more than happy to help‼️😡 11/

Manafort/Gates helped move money to the US. Manafort controlled a shell co that funneled Firtash's stolen cash into real estate.🤨

Firtash laundered $25 million in Drake Hotel deal. Manafort used shell co to buy $3.675 million TRUMP TOWER apartment for CASH‼️ 12/
Yulia Tymoshenko, a pro-Western politician became Ukraine’s prime minister in 2007👉🏼tried to shut down #Russian🇷🇺money and corruption. Her efforts are why Firtash & crew had to move the scammed gas money OUT. 13/
Manafort & Gates then:

👉🏼helped pro-#Russia🇷🇺Yanukovych beat Tymoshenko, who was IMPRISONED
👉🏼lobbied US lawmakers on behalf of Yanukovych & smeared Tymoshenko
👉🏼did NOT their lobbying activities (FARA)

While in prison, Tymosheko filed her lawsuit in Manhattan👉🏼named Firtash, Manafort, Gates, Yanukovych & others as defendants.

Thrown out due to jurisdictional issues.🙄

Trump ran the most pro-#Russian🇷🇺campaign of any major party nominee since the end of WW2.🤨

Is it any surprise that he brought in Manafort (and Gates), who brought in PENCE⁉️



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