Did Bob Mueller Monetarily Benefit from Paul Manafort's "Criminal" Activities?
Paul Manafort sits in solitary confinement for crimes he allegedly committed stemming from his work as a lobbyist in Ukraine.
For a little back story, Yulia Tymoshenko runs for reelection in Ukraine, she loses, and just like Hillary, Tymoshenko fails to lose gracefully and promises to #Resist. Her victorious opponent, Viktor Yanukovytch, throws her in jail for what many claim to be bogus charges. Viktor Yanukovytch and Yulia Tymoshenko had previously been aligned in her earlier successful election. In fact, he was instrumental in her win. Needless to say, though, after Yanukovytch beats her in an election and throws Tymoshenko in jail, they weren't BFF's anymore.
While she was in jail, guess who pleaded for her release? John McCain. As a matter of fact, John McCain thought the Ukrainian election was of such paramount importance to the United States that he gets the Senate to form a Ukrainian Caucus in order to further Ukrainian interests, of which John McCain is a member.
When she gets out of jail, there's a push for an investigation into the mishandling of her trial and the charges themselves. So the Ukrainian government, which is still run by the guy she lost the election to, Viktor Yanukovych, hires the law firm of Skadden Arps, specifically Greg Craig, and a lobbyist, Paul Manafort. Greg Craig's team of attorneys included Alex Van Der Zwann. Van Der Zwann's father-in-law is a business partner to the same Oleg Deripaska that is connected to the Clintons and the Obamas, the same Oleg Deripaska that paid for the Steele dossier, the Steele dossier that Manafort’s lobbying partner and McCain’s chief of staff went to pick up in London. Van Der Zwann is the same guy that Mueller just indicted for lying to the FBI. And Oleg Deripaska is suing Manafort for monies that the Russian oligarch believes Manafort stole from him in a business deal gone bad. And if your head isn't spinning fast enough from all these connections so far, let me add to it by saying, let us not forget that Paul Manafort was McCain's campaign manager during McCain's failed bid to become President of the United States. (Side note: Is McCain holding a grudge? We know he is with Sarah Palin.)
Anyway, due to all the negative publicity stemming from the Tymoshenko debacle, Yanukovytch tried to repair his image before the public, so he hires the lobbyist, Paul Manafort, who then hires John Podesta's lobbying outfit. Their job was to make Yanukovytch seem like a really likable guy to the Ukrainian public, so Podesta gets Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry's State Department to do photo ops with Yanukovytch because, you know, the DNC coffers needed to be filled during election time, so they had to sell Yanukovytch as a real class act to the adoring public. Obama even went so far as to declare the Ukrainian election to be free and fair. But guess who else did photo ops with Yanukovytch? Bob Mueller, the same Mueller that's now prosecuting these very people. Rod Rosenstein's memo said Mueller was specifically authorized to investigate allegations that Manafort “[c]ommitted a crime or crimes arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government before and during the tenure of President Viktor Yanukovych.”
Did Bob Mueller allow these photos to be taken out of the goodness of his heart, or did he monetarily benefit from them? Hmmm, let me think about that one. If Mueller was paid for these photo ops, did he declare these monies? Surely Mueller would not have paid for his own airfare to the Ukraine. If somebody else paid for his airfare, did Mueller declare that too? Did Mueller fill out a FARA form? Same questions for all of the others involved, like, Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry's people. But isn't it the most interesting of all that all these people who monetarily benefited from this situation are now the very same ones who are behind the prosecution of Paul Manafort?
So many questions, so few answers.