The late Senator John McCain spent his final years in the Senate acting as a thorn in the side of President Trump.
But now a bombshell smoking gun has people asking some difficult questions.
And something from John McCain’s past just came back to haunt Barack Obama.
Each day, the American people learn more about the ugly truth concerning what happened in the Obamagate scandal.
The latest revelation came from the testimony of former Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates.
Gates was a Paul Manafort associate that pled guilty in the Robert Mueller investigation.
Gates testified that in 2008, Manafort and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska contributed to a pro-John McCain 501c(4) group, Americans for Patriotism, through a shell corporation.
“Gates stated he heard that a Paul Manafort controlled Cypriot account, LOAV, contributed money to the 501c(4), and the funds in the LOAV account were from Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch,” Gates is said to have told prosecutors.
This revelation upends the Russian collusion narrative that the Obama administration and the FBI concocted to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016.
By their telling, Manafort was a pro-Putin stooge and his links to Deripaska provided proof that the Trump campaign was in cahoots with Moscow.
But none of that lines up with reality.
In 2008 Manafort and Deripaska supported John McCain for president over Barack Obama.
McCain campaigned in 2008 as a Russia hawk and repeatedly called Putin a KGB thug.
On the other hand, Barack Obama entered the White House promising a reset with Russia.
In fact, McCain had much closer ties to Deripaska than Trump ever did.
In 2007 McCain campaign manager Rick Davis and Manafort took McCain to Deripaska’s yacht for McCain’s 70th birthday.
This led Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley to ask if the FBI ever gave the McCain campaign a defensive briefing about Deripaska.
A McCain spokeswoman never answered the question, but instead attacked Grassley.
“Facts are stubborn things, and the fact is no member of Congress has done more to push back on Russian aggression, human rights abuses, and corruption than Senator John McCain,” the McCain spokeswoman stated.
“Any suggestion to the contrary is clearly intended to distract from the serious ongoing investigations into Russia’s interference in our election system,” the spokeswoman added.
The issue of a defensive briefing became a major issue because the Trump campaign and his allies in Congress wanted to know why the FBI did not just warn the Trump campaign about shady Russians and instead launched an espionage campaign to spy on several Trump campaign aides.
But the notes from Rick Gates’ interview is more proof that investigators knew all along that Paul Manafort was no Russian plant on the Trump campaign trying to guide the effort to collude with Russia.
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