Thanks to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, indicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort just got hit with another tough consequence for his criminal activities.
This morning, Manafort’s patron in the Trump-Russia conspiracy — the mob-connected Russian billionaire and close friend of Vladimir Putin, Oleg Deripaska — filed a New York State fraud suit against his disappointing plant to the tune of $18.9 million.
Deripaska’s company, Surf Horizon Ltd. alleges its investment in a Ukrainian cable television venture resulted in Manafort and his also-indicted deputy Rick Gates using Deripaska’s funds as “their personal piggy banks without . . . any apparent business reason.”
Deripaska previously sued in courts in Virginia and the Cayman Islands in cases that are no longer pending. The new fraud case relies in part on allegations in a U.S. money-laundering indictment against Manafort and Gates, brought on Oct. 27 by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In other words, thanks to evidence in Mueller’s 12-count indictment of Manafort, including one of international money laundering, Deripaska’s company derived evidence to support their charge of fraud.
In so doing, Deripaska invites further scrutiny of his relationship with Manafort, which included Trump’s campaign manager and friend of 30 years offering the Putin crony private briefings on the presidential campaign, ostensibly as a way of staving off his debts.
Furthermore, Donald Trump and his convicted felon business associate, the Putin- and Russian mob-linked Felix Sater are, like Manafort, at the center of multiple federal and international money laundering investigations.
Sater is reported to be fully cooperating with law enforcement.
Like his fellow money launderer for Russian oligarchs, Manafort appears to have been working to help Russia get Trump elected because Putin feared Hillary Clinton, wanted to end sanctions for his invasion of Crimea, and wanted to destabilize American democracy (while simultaneously working to destabilize all western democracies).
When the American President and his closest associates are working to undermine American national interests on behalf of a hostile foreign power, that can only be classified as something approaching treason.
Between Mueller and the FBI, our State is working to expose and punish that treason. May they succeed — and soon!