Quantcast
Connect with us

Former Russian Trump aide seeks immunity deal to testify before Congress: NYT

Published

on

Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska, who once had close ties to President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, has offered to talk to the congressional committees investigating Trump’s Russia ties. He’s seeking full immunity to aid in the investigation.

A Friday New York Times report revealed Oleg V. Deripaska is an aluminum magnate and a member of the inner circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

ADVERTISEMENT

Three different Congressional officials revealed that they received this request,  but said that doing so might complicate any federal criminal investigations.

Deripaska has offices in New York, but has had troubles traveling to the U.S. over the last several years due to what the government believes are ties to organized crime. According to court documents, the eight meetings he had in the U.S. between 2011 and 2014 were related to the United Nations and the G-20, not due to his businesses.

The court documents were part of a lawsuit from Russian-born businessman Alexander Gliklad, who accused Deripaska of using his diplomatic status to do business in the country. Deripaska denied it but Gliklad demanded the funds he was owed from a lawsuit settlement with Deripaska. The New York Supreme Court even got involved and ruled that they have jurisdiction over Deripaska.

Deripaska seems desperate for immunity. Prior to reaching out to the Congressional committees, he took out newspaper ads saying he was willing to participate in the hearings and investigations into Manafort, Trump and ties to Russia. An Associated Press report alleged Manafort gave him a plan in 2005 that outlined steps to “greatly benefit the Putin government” by influencing politics and news in the United States. Deripaska denied having anything to do with the agreement. Manafort denied he worked for Deripaska, rather his work was for the Russian government.

The Times said that the FBI doesn’t seem to have any interest in Deripaska as part of the investigation. However, his travel to the U.S. is curious because it came after the FBI withdrew from a secret deal that would have allowed Deripaska to enter the U.S. In 2008, the FBI arranged for him to have a special visa, despite objections from the State Department. The agreement turned out not to be helpful to the FBI.

ADVERTISEMENT

Deripaska has investments in the US that total millions, including properties in Greenwich Village and the Upper East Side, as well as a 50 percent stake in a Russian-language newspaper out of New York. He also has an investment in a hedge fund run by former World Bank president James Wolfensohn.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

Conservative New Hampshire paper breaks 100-year tradition of GOP presidential endorsements with nod to Biden

Published

on

In it's first Democratic endorsement in 100 years, a conservative New Hampshire newspaper is breaking tradition by backing Joe Biden for president.

The New Hampshire Union Leader released a statement in their publication on Sunday defending their decision.

"There is no love lost between this newspaper and President Donald J. Trump. The Union Leader was very quickly dismissed by then-candidate Trump after we failed to bestow on him our endorsement in the Republican primary four years ago, "the statement said. "We were hopeful with Trump’s win that he might change, that the weight and responsibility of the Oval Office might mold a more respectful and presidential man. We have watched with the rest of the world as the mantle of the presidency has done very little to change Trump while the country and world have changed significantly."

Continue Reading

2020 Election

Trump refusing to help some embattled GOP senators facing their own re-election woes: report

Published

on

Josh Holmes currently serves as a top adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). While much of the GOP's fate is on the chopping block this election cycle with closer races than anticipated and little help from the president himself, Holmes told Politico he thinks "you could have a whole bunch of scenarios play out on Election Day." The worst-case scenario for the GOP, he said, is "potentially catastrophic."

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

Ivanka celebratory wedding anniversary tweet flooded with reminders of Times Square billboards ripping couple over COVID

Published

on

Ivanka Trump attempted to celebrate her wedding anniversary with Jared Kushner on Sunday afternoon with a tweet stating, "11 incredible years... with forever to go! Happy anniversary my love!" and it did not go well, coming on the weekend when she and her "love" became embroiled in a legal threat to go after the Lincoln Project over critical billboards of the couple currently on display in Times Square.

Continue Reading
 
 
Democracy is in peril. Invest in progressive news. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free. LEARN MORE