Manafort Sold Himself to Trump For Nothing; so Who Paid Him?
A little less than what Russia paid him back in 2007. Then he was getting $12 million a year to improve the political situation for Putin in America.
Manafort worked for Trump for free. Was he compensated from another country? One that uses a Cyrillic alphabet? https://t.co/KISjUh44KS
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) April 8, 2017
Manafort sold himself to Trump as ‘an affordable outsider.’ What’s more affordable than working for nothing?
“On Feb. 29, 2016, Mr. Manafort, the former lobbyist and Republican operative who now sits at the nexus of investigations into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, reached out to Mr. Trump with a slick, carefully calibrated offer that appealed to the candidate’s need for professional guidance, thirst for political payback — and parsimony.”
“The letters and memos provide a telling glimpse into how Mr. Trump invited an enigmatic international fixer, who is currently under investigation by United States intelligence services, a Senate committee and investigators in Ukraine, to the apex of his campaign with a minimum of vetting. The answer? Through family and friends, handshakes and hyperbole.”
A big part of Trump’s decision process if for the right people to make the recommendation-family and friends. Of course, Trump knew both Manafort and his consulting partner, Roger Stone since 1979-they all met with Roy Cohn.
“Donald Trump and I had some business in the 1980s but we had no relationship until the Trump campaign called me,” Mr. Manafort, who did not dispute the substance of the documents, wrote in an email forwarded by a spokesman. “A role at the convention was all I was ever interested in; the fact that this role expanded was quite unexpected.”
Notice who he doesn’t mention-Roger Stone. He claims he had no relationship with Trump before even though he and Trump did business in the 1980s? How does he define relationship?
Turns out Manafort makes it all seem a little more casual and coincidental than it was.
“But it was Mr. Manafort who initiated the process for getting a job on the campaign, the documents show. It began when he sent two succinct memos to Mr. Trump through Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a mutual friend.”
“Mr. Manafort, for his part, was eager to join up: At the time, he had told another friend, who was also close to the campaign, that he was eager to get back into the game of presidential politics.”
“Again, was this ‘other friend’ Roger Stone? Stone in his book on the 2016 election claims to have been the one to get Manafort the gig.”
Interestingly, Roger Stone claims that while he has not apologized to Donald Trump he has apologized to Paul Manafort:
“Roger Stone says he’s apologized to Paul Manafort for getting him involved in all the inquiries about possible Russian connections to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.”
Gee. Considering Stone has claimed to be totally innocent what did he do to get Manafort involved? Maybe popping off about ‘communicating with Wikileaks?’
Finally Roger Stone’s name comes up in the NY Times piece:
“Regarding politics, Mr. Manafort cast himself as a onetime insider who had turned on the establishment — and a tough guy who would go after Mr. Trump’s harshest critics among the Republican elite.”
“At one point, he described Karl Rove, a former adviser to George W. Bush who was organizing an anti-Trump effort, as “my blood enemy in politics, going back to the College in the 1960s.”
“Mr. Rove said Mr. Manafort was referring to a bitter fight for leadership of the College Republicans that pitted a candidate backed by Mr. Manafort and his close friend Roger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant, against Mr. Rove and Lee Atwater.”
“Mr. Rove said he did not view Mr. Manafort as an enemy. “Jeez, it seems sorta silly,” Mr. Rove wrote in an email. “I frankly haven’t had any dealings and only rare sightings of him in the years since.”
Here remains the question though:
Plus he had a powerful closer’s move: He would work for free.
“I am not looking for a paid job,” Mr. Manafort wrote.
Mr. Barrack drove home the point in his cover letter, writing, “He would do this in an unpaid capacity.” And over the next few months, according to several associates, Mr. Trump would repeatedly boast about the value he was getting from Mr. Manafort.
So who did pay him?
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