Putin’s Agents of Influence – Working at the highest levels of American Government
It’s not just Paul Manafort who made millions sabotaging Ukrainian Democracy on behalf of Putin. Meet the other key players: Tad Devine (Bernie Sanders Campaign Strategist), Greg Craig (Former Obama Lawyer), and Tony Podesta (Top Democratic Lobbyist,
brother of John Podesta who ran the 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign).
This article in no way reduces the severity of the Trump administrations recent collusion with Russia to deliver the 2016 election. Actions by the Russian government, conspiring with the Trump Campaign, included Breaking into the DNC (digitally), running an extensive dis-information campaign and exchanging a pro-Putin American foreign policy for the Presidency of the United States.
It does mean that Americans (Paul Manafort, Tad Devine, Greg Craig, Tony Podesta), very influential people, at the highest levels of American Government, worked to sabotage Ukrainian Democracy on behalf of Putin in the same way as the 2016 U.S. election was attacked.
In order to understand how Putin attacked our Democracy, we must pay attention to the news surrounding Paul Manafort. I imagine most Americans don’t know or don’t understand what Manafort was doing in Ukraine.
Paul Manafort made millions attacking Ukraine’s Democracy, on behalf of Putin. This is no different, in terms of its goals and objectives, than what Putin just did to the United States in the 2016 election.
And not only Paul Manafort of course. Manafort, Tad Devine, Greg Craig and Tony Podesta were working together, being paid millions, to subvert Ukrainian Democracy and install pro-Putin politicians.
Mueller’s recent indictments of Paul Manafort, Greg Craig, Tad Devine, Tony Podesta, seem to focus on the charge of ‘not registering as a foreign agent.’ Yes, that is a part of it. One that is very easy for Mueller to prove in court.
But what’s really interesting is what Manafort was doing for Putin in Ukraine. And what Paul Manafort, Tad Devine, Greg Craig and Tony Podesta were doing for Putin in Ukraine.
This represents a whole new layer in the Mueller investigation of Trump Russia collusion. What was already a digital Watergate with Putin’s Agents breaking into the DNC and undermining the election in favor of Trump. That in itself is beyond Watergate or any Presidential scandal I can think of. With all that, what happened last week, with Mueller moving these new charges forward, this is now unlike anything we have seen.
Putin’s Circle – The Highly Influential American Agents Who Make Millions Subverting Democracy:
‘In 2004, Putin was enraged when the “Orange Revolution” freed Ukraine from the Kremlin’s tight grip.’
‘Putin’s choice to run Ukraine was a burly former coal-miner named Viktor Yanukovych, whom Putin bankrolled against pro-Western rival, Viktor Yushchenko. For the crime of opposing Putin’s favored candidate, Yushchenko was not-so-mysteriously poisoned.’
‘Putin attacks democracies with a well-honed strategy; methodically, with incredible calculation. Putin orchestrated a Yanukovych comeback as prime minister in 2006 and president in 2010, masterminded by American campaign consultant Paul Manafort, with help from Tad Devine, Joe Podesta and Greg Craig.’
Putin’s Agents of influence influential in all major political parties:
Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Michael Flynn
Manafort arrived in Ukraine in the wake of the Orange Revolution, a popular uprising that blocked the pro-Russian Yanukovych from taking power in 2004. One of the leaders of that revolt, an economist named Viktor Yushchenko, fell suddenly ill as his movement for European integration was gaining momentum that fall; doctors determined that he had been poisoned with dioxin, a substance that turned his telegenic face into a mask of green and yellow scars.
Bernie Sanders Campaign:
A top Democratic strategist for Al Gore and John Kerry’s presidential campaigns, Devine worked closely with Manafort in 2010 to elect the pro-Russian Ukraninan president Viktor Yanukovych. He left the team two years later, however, when Yanukovych began to indulge his autocratic impulses, jailing political rival Yulia Tymoshenko. (Manafort, it seems, had no such qualms, continuing to defend his work in Ukraine even after he was placed under house arrest.)
Joe Podesta, Greg Craig
Joe Podesta – The Podesta Group worked with Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, on lobbying the US government to legitimize former Russian-backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Greg Craig (Former Obama Lawyer) helped produce a report that sought to justify the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko, a political rival of Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian president at the time and an ally of Vladimir Putin’s.