Paul Manafort, Donald’s campaign manager who’s closely linked to Russian oligarchs (who are, in turn, closely linked to Vladimir Putin), has made it official in an interview with CBS This Morning: Donald’s not going to release his taxes. He’s “under audit.”
So Donald’s gambling that the public reaction to a presidential candidate refusing to release his taxes won’t be anywhere near as bad as their reaction to what’s actually in them. Good to know.
CBS’s Norah O’Donnell asked Manafort: “So to be clear, Mr. Trump has no financial relationships with any Russian oligarchs?”
Manafort responded, “That’s what he said, that’s what I said. That’s obviously what our position is.” (Notice he’s not actually saying it’s wrong.)
So he couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the Watergate-style hack into the DNC and the release of their private emails!
But here’s what Donald’s son said in 2008, according to the Washington Post.
“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
So he doesn’t necessarily have investments in Russia — the oligarchs are invested in him.