Manafort used US law firm to justify political persecution in Ukraine
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort offered to give a “private briefing” on the state of the campaign to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016, email, portions of which were read to The Washington Post along with other Manafort correspondence from that time.
A spokesperson for Deripaska has denied that any briefing took place. But if it did, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time Manafort exchanged notes with the Russian aluminum king. After all, Deripaska was the sugar daddy to many of Manafort’s activities in Eastern Europe. And more than a decade ago, Manafort offered to provide the oligarch with very special information.
Manafort told Deripaska in 2005 that he was pushing policies as part of his work in Ukraine “at the highest levels of the U.S. government — the White House, Capitol Hill and the State Department,” according to the documents. He also said he had hired a “leading international law firm with close ties to President Bush to support our client’s interests,” but he did not identify the firm.
According to the New York Times, we now know the name of that law firm.
The Justice Department, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation, recently asked the firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, for information and documents related to its work on behalf of Mr. Yanukovych’s government, which crumbled after he fled to Russia under pressure.
And one of the things that law firm did for Manafort, was justify political prosecutions in Ukraine.