Russian ex-spy put pressure on Manafort over debts owed to Kremlin-linked oligarch: report
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President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign chair was pressured by a Russian oligarch over his debts, Time magazine reported Saturday.


Former Russian intelligence officer Victor Boyarkin "was a key link" between Manafort and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.

The report followed a "months-long investigation" by Time.

"He owed us a lot of money,” Boyarkin says. “And he was offering ways to pay it back.”

Boyarkin says he was approached by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“I told them to go dig a ditch,” Boyarkin said.

The connection could "mark some of the clearest evidence of the leverage that powerful Russians had over Trump’s campaign chairman.

The commander-in-chief also said he was waiting for Democrats to make him an offer for taxpayers to pay for his border wall -- which he'd promised Mexico would fund.

"I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security," Trump said. "From what I hear, they are spending so much time on Presidential Harassment that they have little time left for things like stopping crime and our military!"