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The Shilling of the Shapiro



Manafort owes much of his time behind bars to his work on behalf of Russian-backed Ukrainian political interests—work that made him, according to Mueller’s filings, $60 million. It was a reflection not only of Manafort’s greed but the difficulty of selling the Moscow-sponsored regime of Viktor Yanukovich’s Party of Regions to Washington, particularly against Yanukovich adversary and Orange Revolution veteran Yulia Tymoshenko. But one of his tactics, Mueller reveals, was to get what Manafort described “in a contemporaneous communication [as] ‘[O]bama jews’” to pressure the Obama administration in October 2012.

The scheme was to tie Tymoshenko to antisemitism through association. Manafort got “a senior Israeli government official to issue a written statement publicizing this story.” That’s a reference to a statement from then-Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, a hardliner who is now defense minister, as noted by journalist Noga Tarnopolsky. The story was published by Ben Shapiro at Breitbart, as first reported by The Guardian’s Luke Harding. Manafort, “with secret advance knowledge of that Israeli statement,” bragged as he shopped it around the U.S., “I have someone pushing it on the NY Post. Bada bing bada boom.”

Well, every generation of conservative pseudo-intellectuals needs its own Josh Trevino, I suppose.

The sad thing is, that was one of Ben’s more honorable forms of profit-taking:

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