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“Now that Paul Manafort had re-emerged among us, it might be useful to remind ourselves who he is. Currently occupying a solitary cell in a Virginia jail, he is the blow-dried preening lobbyist and political consultant who lavished $1,369,655 on his wardrobe in ill-gotten funds laundered from phony front companies on the island of Cyprus. For nearly 40 years, he ran successful con jobs across the globe. His lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., which he ran along with fellow Republicans Charlie Black and Roger Stone, represented dictatorships all over the world, according to a profile published by The Atlantic last March. “The firm’s client base grew to include dictatorial governments in Nigeria, Kenya, Zaire, Equatorial Guinea, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia, among others,” The Atlantic reported.
Manafort, Black and Stone also took on the Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and then rehabilitated the murderous Angolan guerrilla fighter Jonas Savimbi, whose civil war against the government in that country cost hundreds of thousands of lives and “committed atrocities against children and conscripted women into sexual slavery,” according to The Atlantic.
Manafort advised the political campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bob Dole, and while he was at it, got involved with an arms dealer from Lebanon named Abdul Rahman Al Assir, who at the time was the brother-in-law of arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian billionaire involved in the Reagan administration arms-for-hostages scheme that became the Iran-Contra scandal.”
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