Who’s really the boogey man?

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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.

MAUREEN PATERSON

Sandpoint

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/

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