by WorldTribune Staff, April 10, 2018
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into one-time Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort includes Manafort’s ties to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
It turns out Mueller himself had met with the pro-Russia Yanukovych in 2013.
Mueller also was director of the FBI when the Obama administration sold 20 percent of U.S. uranium to the Russians in the Uranium One deal.
Manafort was an adviser to Yanukovych from 2004-2014.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Washington shared on Facebook a photo of Mueller with Yanukovych.
The post, dated June 6, 2013, quoted Yanukovych as saying “We are grateful to American side for support of our efforts aimed at settlement of frozen conflicts, ensuring control over conventional arms in Europe and combating trafficking. We count on further support and cooperation with USA within the OSCE in order to enhance stability and security in the area which is under jurisdiction of the given organization.”
The post also said Mueller, who was then FBI director, in the course of his meetings in Ukraine, “planned to discuss a number of issues of mutual interest” with Yanukovych.
Mueller also reportedly visited Moscow prior to his trip to meet with Yanukovych.
A memo released last week shows Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein directing the Mueller investigation to look into allegations that Manafort “Committed a crime or crimes arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government before and during the tenure of President Viktor Yanukovych.”
Yanukovych was removed from power in February 2014 as a result of the Ukrainian revolution. He is currently in exile in Russia and wanted by Ukraine for high treason.