This was a misleading statement on my part, and I need to correct it. The Ukrainians that hacked the DNC computers (according to research by George Eliason, which I discussed here) were associated with the pro-European neo-Nazi Ukrainian government that took control from Yanukovych in 2014. These Ukrainian hackers were not affiliated with Manafort, nor in any way pro-Russian. Manafort's "Ukrainian friends" were in the Yanukovych government, and they were trying to fence-straddle and maintain good relations with both Russia and the EU.Did the Russians steal Hillary's data and give it to Wikileaks, or was it some combination of Seth Rich and/or Manafort's Ukrainian friends;
Yes, all of this did happen, and I agree that Manafort lost a lot of money for Deripaska, and has been subject to pressure from Deripaska as a result. It's open for debate how close Deripaska is to Putin, or how Manafort's debt to Deripaska translates into a debt from Trump to Putin, or even whether Deripaska has ever succeeded in collecting on Manafort's debt. Trump may have supported sanctions relief for Russia, because an improved business climate in Russia would have benefitted the value of Trump's investments in Russia, as well as helping his Russian clients who own real estate in Trump buildings in the US.Oleg Deripaska, for one, is a Russian, close to Putin. Did Manafort owe millions to Deripaska or not? Did Deripaska take pressure off Manafort once Manafort became Trump's campaign manager? Did Manafort get the Republican platform on Russia changed or not? Was Manafort, like Stone, a long time associate of Trump, even owning a condo in Trump Tower, but they all said that Manafort had to be introduced to Trump, or not?