Who’s really the boogey man?

Print Article

The FBI has said that there is no evidence to date that Trump ever met with a Russian figure banned from the United States.

Yet, Trump fired Paul Manafort on Aug. 18, 2016, when he heard that a New York Times report revealed that Trumpís campaign chairman was designated to receive potentially illegal cash payments from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. 1

John McCainís drama involved Paul Manafortís law partner Rick Davis and one of the same Russian oligarchs, Oleg Deripaska; the same Russian diplomat, Sergey Kislyak, and the same wily Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, that now dominate the current Trump controversy. 2

Behind the scenes McCainís top advisers had cultivated deep ties with Russiaís oligarchy and promoted the Kremlinís geopolitical and economic interests. Davis Manafortís work was considered so detrimental to U.S. interests that a National Security Council official called McCainís office to complain, according to the New York Times. The McCain campaign denies receiving the NSC complaint. 3

McCain actually met twice with Deripaska, a Russian businessman and Putin ally whose visa was blocked by the United States amidst intelligence community concerns about his ties to Moscow. The meetings were arranged by Rick Davis, Manafortís partner in the law partner, who later would become McCainís campaign manager.

Either McCain was utterly clueless while his top advisers and political allies ran around the former Soviet domain promoting the Kremlinís interests for cash, or he was aware of it and didnít care. 4 Nonetheless, McCain didnít fire Rick Davis (Manafortís business partner).

A person might wonder why in McCainís campaign, being informed by the FBI of the potential for espionage, he did nothing. Where, in Trumpís campaign, with only the potential for contact, the decision by the FBI was to insert spies into Trumpís campaign.



1. nytimes.com/2016/08/16/us/politics/trump-campaign-paul-manafort-ukraine-cash-payments-russia.html

2. circa.com/story/2017/06/21/heres-the-russia-influence-controversy-that-john-mccain-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about

3. thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/

4. thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

Candidate pledges to represent all county residents

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee I would like to remind all voters in Bonner County they are able to vote on No. 6 for the county commissioner candidates in both District 1 and District 3, regardless of where they live in Bonner Cou...


Read More

Ill-disguised grandstanding was humerous

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee The members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who conducted the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings attempted to come across as intellectual heavy weights. Instead, on display was a committee populated b...


Read More

Ellen is best pick for state legislative seat

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee To all concerned voters looking for sane and sensible leadership for the Idaho House of Representatives: Ellen Weissman, Democratic candidate, is the right choice for District 1, seat A. Education: ...


Read More

Think locally when it comes to election

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee In 2017, my planned short conversation with Dan McDonald expanded to topics from budgets and environment to personal interests and values. Dan is straight-forward about his conservative values and u...


Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2018 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy