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The name Oleg Deripaska isn’t familiar to too many people in the West, but he’s one of Russia’s richest and most powerful businessmen. He also remained unmentioned in Robert Mueller’s indictment of Paul Manafort, despite the fact that he was linked to the former Trump campaign manager.
In 2009, Deripaska played a very different role for the FBI when it was under Mueller’s directorship: He was tasked with freeing a U.S. spy who was in Iranian custody.
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According to an account by The Hill’s John Solomon published Monday, that wasn’t the last time Deripaska would play an important role for the FBI. In 2016, they asked the oligarch about possible collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian interests. Instead of confirming what they thought, he told them they were “trying to create something out of nothing.”
Now, Deripaska’s prior connections with Mueller and the FBI are raising some very serious questions about the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign.
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The saga of Deripaska began in 2009, when the FBI’s Andrew McCabe helped bring the Russian oligarch into the fold to help try and rescue Robert Levinson, a CIA contractor who was captured as he traveled to an Iranian island to meet an American fugitive in an attempt to turn him into an informant.
“The FBI had three reasons for choosing Deripaska for a mission worthy of a spy novel,” Solomon wrote.
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“First, his aluminum empire had business in Iran. Second, the FBI wanted a foreigner to fund the operation because spending money in Iran might violate U.S. sanctions and other laws. Third, agents knew Deripaska had been banished since 2006 from the United States by State over reports he had ties to organized crime and other nefarious activities. He denies the allegations, and nothing was ever proven in court.”
“Deripaska’s efforts came very close to success,” said...
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