John McCain wasn’t a shining example of fairness by any means, but one thing he wasn’t was crooked. Regardless of his policies and ideals, McCain followed the law and moral codes of the nation, allowing him to pass away with a pristine criminal history. That is something the current president of the United States will not be able to say in the near future. Until now, Trump has not been held legally responsible for any of the criminal behavior he has engaged it, because let’s face it, as long as you have money in America, you can get out of any legal trouble.
Until, that is, you run for the presidency of the United States of America, and suddenly realize it’s like no other job you’ve ever had, and in this role, you will be held accountable for your actions, both past and present.
One such action that Trump is still feeling the heat from is hiring Paul Manafort to head his 2016 presidential campaign. Manafort was just convicted of eight federal crimes, including money laundering and bank fraud.
Now, a new report suggests that this wasn’t the first presidential campaign Manafort tried to get in on. Back in 2008, when John McCain was running against Barack Obama, McCain’s campaign manager Rick Davis was partner in a law firm that included Paul Manafort.
Manafort saw this as an easy-in for him, and according to The Atlantic:
“He hoped to leverage his relationship with Rick Davis to enrich himself and to endear his firm to clients. One of his first ploys was to create a business (called 3eDC) that would sell the campaign proprietary software to manage websites and online fundraising—which earned Manafort a lucrative contract with the McCain operation.”
The publication continues:
“After aides complained to McCain about 3eDC, he canceled the contract, although the campaign had already spent $1 million on it.”
The issue was a 2006 client of the law firm, Oleg Deripaska, “At the time, Deripaska had the esteem and ear of Vladimir Putin, who considered him one of his most important proxies. Davis and Manafort helped Deripaska rub shoulders with McCain. They introduced McCain to Deripaska at a party in Davos in 2007; seven months later, they brought McCain to Deripaska’s yacht, which was anchored off Montenegro, where the oligarch hosted a seventieth birthday party for the Arizona senator.”
The oddities don’t stop there:
“What The Nation described is a sort of tangled relationship with lobbyists that McCain so eloquently denounced in other contexts; it also showed McCain getting perilously close to an ally of the Kremlin, even as he denounced Vladimir Putin. McCain should have seen these dangers earlier, and he should have reacted more furiously upon discovering them. Davis’s rivals in the campaign had denounced Davis so often and for so long that perhaps it caused McCain to discount their warnings about Manafort.”
“McCain took these complaints seriously only after Davis’s rivals charged Manafort with owning an apartment in Trump Tower, allegedly purchased by Oleg Deripaska. (There’s no evidence that I have seen to bolster that allegation, although Manafort was, indeed, in the midst of further entangling himself with the Russian oligarch in various other business ventures.) As McCain considered these allegations, he began to articulate the menace represented by Paul Manafort. One McCain aide told me the candidate instructed Davis and Manafort to cease their firm’s ties with its pro-Russian clients—an edict that Manafort apparently ignored.”