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The Origins of the Ukraine Conspiracy Theory

The Origins of the Ukraine Conspiracy Theory

It all began with Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, now serving a seven-year prison sentence for bank fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, acting as an unregistered foreign agent, false statements, and witness tampering. Now Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is promoting Manafort’s defense of his felonious behavior: I was looking for the Democratic National...

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Manafort, the Kingmaker, Brokered a Deal With the EU

Manafort, the Kingmaker, Brokered a Deal With the EU

One fact that gets lost in the U.S. domestic politics of impeachment is just how large Americans loomed in Ukraine. During the Maidan revolution of 2014. Paul Manafort, President Trump’s convicted campaign manager, wasn’t just a political consultant. he was a geopolitical kingmaker with a soft touch. He brought together the pro-Russian government and the...

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Ukraine: A Short History of U.S. Meddling

Ukraine: A Short History of U.S. Meddling

Some inconvenient truths in this post from Yasha Levine, author of Surveillance Valley, a history of Pentagon-Silicon Valley collaboration. From Paul Manafort, President Trump’s campaign manager, to Tad Devine, Bernie Sanders’s 2016 strategist to Hunter Biden, son of the Democratic candidate, feeding at the Ukraine trough has been the norm. Levine is not making excuses...

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Giuliani: ‘Nothing Wrong’ With Taking Information from Russians 

Giuliani: ‘Nothing Wrong’ With Taking Information from Russians 

The president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, articulated the permissive rules that the Trump White House wants applied to itself and to no one else. “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Giuliani said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He was referring to a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Mr. Trump’s son Donald Jr.,...

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Acid Test for Mueller’s Investigation: Russian Spy or Political Hack?

Acid Test for Mueller’s Investigation: Russian Spy or Political Hack?

As the Trump-Russia investigation comes to a close, the primary target of special prosecutor Robert Mueller seems to be Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort and his Russian translator Konstantin Kilimnik. Manafort, says Mueller, is a “hardened criminal.” But what is Kilimnik? The question goes to the heart of Mueller’s investigation. Is Kilimnik and active Russian...

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