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Paul Manafort Russia conspiracy rejected by Mueller report

Rowan Scarborough The Washington TimesMay 20, 2019

Paul Manafort is in prison for tax fraud, leaving behind a series of unproven Russia conspiracy allegations that his supporters say wrongly branded him a tool of Moscow.

For three years, Manafort was the media’s top culprit for election collusion. He turned out to be much less a Republican political operative who networked with some unsavory Russia-connected people to attain riches. He wanted to cash in on his four-month stint as Trump campaign manager to restart a lucrative business arrangement in Ukraine, according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Manafort is no innocent, but neither is he a Russian plotter. His central crime: the Russia-friendly Party of Regions in Ukraine paid him millions of dollars that he failed to report on federal income tax returns.

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