Looks like Paul Manafort’s visions of secret agent man backfired.
Beltrane you gotta take a look at that video it adds a lot of background you seem to be missing. Here’s some written stuff you might find informative.
How D.C. Lobbyists Helped Paul Manafort Prop Up a Putin Puppet
For years, the influence-peddlers’ work for a pro-Kremlin party flew under the radar. Then Bob Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe got rolling.
Betsy Woodruff - 08.28.17
At issue is work that Manafort did for Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Putin Ukrainian politician who was the country’s president from 2010 to 2014. Yanukovych fled the country to Russia after protesters overthrew his government. Vladimir Putin reportedly helped him escape. ...
To try to persuade Americans that Ukraine was moving in the right direction, the two lobbying firms undertook a public relations offensive—pitching journalists, meeting with Congressional staff, and introducing Yanukovych allies to top Washington power brokers.
The client paying the firms for that work was the European Center for Modern Ukraine. ECFMU told both firms it wasn’t backed by any political entities. But new reports indicate it had the support of Yanukovych’s party, the Party of Regions—which means the two lobbying firms should have disclosed their work for the group to the Justice Department. ...
Top Trump Aide Led the ‘Torturers’ Lobby’
BETSY WOODRUFF, TIM MAK - 04.13.16
So when Manafort accused opponent Ted Cruz of using “gestapo tactics” to court Republican delegates on Meet the Press this past Sunday—it’s something he may have quite a bit of experience with firsthand.
Manafort was a principal at the lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone, and Kelly (along with another top Trump ally, Nixon alum Roger Stone), a K Street powerhouse with close ties to the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, as well as top Republicans on Capitol Hill.
But over the years, they made millions by representing a rogue’s gallery of clients far away from D.C.’s genteel corridors of power: dictators, guerilla groups, and despots with no regard for human rights—including one man responsible for mass amputations, and another who oversaw state-sanctioned rape.
One such client was Jonas Savimbi, who led a guerilla army trying to wrest control of the Angolan government from Marxists during the country’s brutal civil war. Savimbi hired Manafort’s lobbying firm to help him get financial support from the U.S. government for his guerilla army, UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola).
And Manafort and co. delivered. ...
Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s top adviser, and his ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine
By Aleksandra Kharchenko on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at