Paul Manafort’s work as a political consultant for pro-Russian causes not only took place over a much longer time than previously reported — about 10 years — it also often involved the same powerful Russian oligarch, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
That man, Oleg Deripaska, was involved not only in Manafort’s work in Ukraine, but also in Georgia and Montenegro, according to the Journal.
The publication also said Manafort’s work started as early as 2004 and continued to 2015, the year before he signed on as then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign chairman.
Manafort lost that job in August 2016 for failing to fully disclose the work he had done in Ukraine.
Congressional investigators probing Russia’s attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election want to know more about Manafort’s ties to Deripaska, the Journal said, but have declined Deripaska’s offer to testify in exchange for immunity because they do not want