Ramifications of Oleg Deripaska and Contact By FBI in September 2016…

John Solomon’s report on the FBI contacting Oleg Deripaska in September 2016 for help to structure a narrative of Russian involvement in the Trump Campaign via Paul Manafort has multiple ramifications.   (Article Here) Here’s some preliminary thoughts on the issue.

♦In 2009 the FBI, then headed by Robert Mueller, requested the assistance of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in an operation to retrieve former FBI officer and CIA resource Robert Levinson who was captured in Iran two years earlier.  The agent assigned to engage Deripaska was Andrew McCabe; the primary FBI need was financing and operational support.  Deripaska spent around $25 million and would have succeeded except the U.S. State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton, backed out.

♦In September of 2016 Andrew McCabe is now Deputy Director of the FBI, when two FBI agents approached Deripaska in New York – again asking for his help.  This time the FBI request was for Deripaska to outline Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort as a tool of the Kremlin.  Deripaska once hired Manafort as a political adviser and invested money with him in a business venture that went bad. Deripaska sued Manafort, alleging he stole money. However, according to the article, despite Deripaska’s disposition toward Manafort he viewed the request as absurd.  He laughed the FBI away, telling them: “You are trying to create something out of nothing.”

Several issues make this interesting:

#1.  Was the DOJ/FBI trying to use Deripaska to frame candidate Donald Trump?  Was this part of their 2016 insurance policy?


Was the FBI (Deputy Director McCabe) looking to duplicate the use of Deripaska for financing a covert FBI operation in 2016, just like Andrew McCabe did in 2009?

#2.  John Solomon reports that Deripaska wanted to testify to congress last year (2017), without any immunity request, but was rebuked.    Who blocked his testimony?

#3.  In 2017 Oleg Deripaska was represented in the U.S. by Adam Waldman.  Mr. Waldman was also representing Christopher Steele, the author of the Dossier.  Waldman was the liaison Senator Mark Warner (Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman) was using to try and set up a secret meeting with Christopher Steele. {Text Messages}

As you can see from the text messages (more here), the House Intelligence Committee wanted to interview Deripaska.  However, based on their ongoing contact and relationship Deripaska’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, asks Senator Mark Warner for feedback.

If Deripaska was blocked from testifying to congress, it was obviously not from the HPSCI (Nunes Committee), but rather by the Senate Intel Committee, Mark Warner.   Why?

#4.  Why would Adam Waldman and Oleg Deripaska (personally) be reaching out to John Solomon now to share the story of the FBI conduct in 2016?   Why now?  There were sanctions levied against Derispaska’s business interests by the Trump administration in 2017.  Does his hope to get sanctions removed/lessened lie behind a current motive?

#5.  Attorney and Lobbyist Adam Waldman represented both Oleg Deripaska and Christopher Steele.  This does not seem accidental.  Was Deripaska part of Steele’s network?  Or, more alarmingly, was Christopher Steele working for Oleg Deripaska?

Watch the first minute of this video. February 13th, 2018 Hearing:


Another question:  Was Deripaska willing to finance or facilitate the Steele Dossier, or some aspect therein, to the extent that it dirtied-up Paul Manafort – from a distance.  Yet when asked directly to participate he didn’t want personal attachment on dubious endeavors?

#6.  Did Robert Mueller omit any mention of Oleg Deripaska from his 2017 Manafort indictment purposefully?  Is some evidence against Manafort related to a Deripaska vendetta? Or, was Robert Mueller hoping to hide his prior professional work relationship with Deripaska?

#7.   On February 9th, 2018, Senator Chuck Grassley asked Deripaska’s London Lawyer, Paul Hauser, questions about Deripaska and his connections to Christopher Steele:

(Link to Grassley Letters)

Oleg Deripaska’s British lawyer, Paul Hauser, responded with the following letter:

A very lawyer-ish response.  However, based on the 2017 text messages unknown at the time Grassley made the inquiry, it would appear Chairman Grassley asked the wrong lawyer:

Senator Grassley should have asked Adam Waldman who was obviously representing Deripaska’s interests in the U.S.  {text message links}

♦Summary, there’s obviously a great deal that could be learned from testimony of Oleg Deripaska as to the nature of his engagements in/around 2016 and the network of known characters engaged in contact within the U.S. intelligence apparatus, both inside the U.S. and abroad.

The fact that Deripaska is openly willing to engage with journalists on this story and his involvement therein, could open a new line of inquiry about the validity and origination of the Mueller investigation.

Then again, a seemingly incurious media might find their Russian Collusion/Conspiracy narrative was built upon a fraudulent CIA/DOJ/FBI foundation…..


If the usual suspects, New York Times, Washington Post and CNN, avoid the Oleg Deripaska revelations, well, we’ll have our answer.

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648 Responses to Ramifications of Oleg Deripaska and Contact By FBI in September 2016…

  1. scott467 says:

    “Then again, a seemingly incurious media might find their Russian Collusion/Conspiracy narrative was built upon a fraudulent CIA/DOJ/FBI foundation…..”


    “…a fraudulent CIA/DOJ/FBI/WH foundation…”

    Just didn’t want to forget that last one 😉

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  2. As a man thinkth says:

    …Text messages indicates FBI agent Peter Strock (spl?) was in NYC during Sept 2016 …

    Liked by 1 person

  3. OpenMind says:

    Comey and others have tried to blurr what was happening during the summer and fall of 2016. Comey told Baier the Steele memo was part of a broder “moasic” relied upon in seeking the FISA Title 1 warrant. So, you use Deripaska to attempt to corroborate something, ANYTHING about anyone in the Steele memo or related to anything your sources/moles, whether Halper or otherwise, have been able to gin up for Brennan or the Bureau. This is straight up dirty pool. It all stems from Rogers cutting off the NSA abuses in March of 2016. When that happened, Steele and the Ohrs went into overdrive at the behest of Fusion and others, Brennan met with Russian and British intelligence officers, and the moles began to dirty up someone, anyone in the campaign. Aweful. When you look at it this way, the insurance policy may not have been about unseating Trump. Rather, it was about locating some crime against ANYBODY within 2 hops of the campaign to justify the behavior which had already occurred prior to the meeting in Andy’s office.

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    • OpenMind says:

      mosaic. Oops. Not a work I use in normal conversation.

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      • OpenMind says:

        Also, I went back and spent a few hours reading about Reinhold Niebuhr in January and February. For those unaward, Comey was just so proud of his cute little self when he spent his first few months on twitter offering psuedoconfidential missives about politics and life as Reinhold Niebuhr. I’ve been stewing over this for some time and don’t want to suggest too much, but I recommend reading up on this character and then considering the absurd meanderings and mental gymnastice of Jimmy Comey. The guy is a weapons grade narcissist but has convinced himself he’s serving the country with valor, etc. Creepy.

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  4. I have been reading the CTH for quite a while now. The people here seem to be some of the most intelligent thinking people on the entire internet. Most of the posts seem to be people working together to find answers. Very few trolls really make this site fun. Sundance is really something. Does Sundance ever take any time off?

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  5. OpenMind says:

    Of course, the more Comey and others insist the Page FISA application wasn’t driven by the Steele memo, and the more they are caught lying about how the whole operation started, and the more the broader moasic turns out to be just as contrived as the contractors to Clinton to Perkins Coie to Fusion to Steele to Ohr to FBI sequence, the more it becomes clear that the FISA application was even dirtier than set forth in the Nunes, Goodlatte, and Grassley memos. Seems to me the Steele dirty dossier wasn’t just unverified. Rather, it was very much affirmatively refuted. If moles and informants couldn’t verify its contents and instead could only get useful idiots to listen to their leading suggestions (which were then likely overstated/misrepresented to the FISA court), then then any argument that certain footnotes, etc., weren’t intentionally misleading begins to fall apart. Again, this is dirty pool.

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  6. John Rawls says:

    why did Deripaska spend 25 million to help FBI?

    why does McCabe think Deripaska will be helpful in Sept 2016?

    interesting Deripaska sues Manafort for the same amount of money for a deal that went bad about the same time the FBI deal went bad.

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    • OpenMind says:

      The answer to your question is in what happens next. The Page warrant application is submitted in October, when Bill P says the verification of the Steele memo was in its infancy. McCabe wanted the oligarch to somehow support anything up for inclusion in the insurance policy, er, uh, insurance policy.

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      • John Rawls says:

        guess i am wonder why Deripaska is so helpful….

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        • OpenMind says:

          Deripaska had history with McCabe and also with Manafort. His animus toward Manafort would have made him an obvious asset to McCabe as he attempted to bootstrap the Steele memo in anticipation of the FISA warrant application. It would make sense that McCabe’s attorney (Page) and investigator (Strzok) would meet with him for marching orders regarding Deripaska.


      • Good Job! says:

        Priestap might have been the person who tried to get Steele to “corroborate” the prior memos in Sept or Oct 2016. Something happened that the FBI or CIA stopped taking the memos without any questions.

        There is also the issue of the prior attempt to get a search warrant that Trump tweeted about. Did they try to use the “pee memo” to get to Trump directly?


      • CNN_sucks says:

        Just like the judge sullivan said, this is not a discovery they are cooking a make up crime. And they need russian actors.

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    • Suzebeez says:

      Maybe he was only a conduit for the money. It could have come from anywhere…even the American taxpayer. You just need somebody to launder it.


    • cali says:

      @John Rawls: There is a lot more that chapter involving Levinson who was a spy for the CIA and the FBI getting caught in Iran.

      McCabe and Mueller were involved when Deripaska was asked to spend 25 million to get Levinson back. The flimsy excuse used by Mueller and McCabe was “because they would have violated sanction policies’ ergo a private citizens and billionaire Russian was asked to pay for that recovery operation.

      The problem lies at the moment Hussein and HRC left Levinson stranded at the airport after Deripaska successfully got Levinson out.

      While Deripaska was working on Levinson’s case Hillary was also in Iran at the same time because that is where her airplane was involved in crash. (her head injury)

      Hussein was at the same time conducted secret deals with Iran outside of US foreign policy as his personal mission negotiating about uranium for Iran’s use. Hussein insisted Iran has the right to nuclear weapons.

      Ask yourself if Hillary and Hussein needed to leave Levinson stranded to conceal their treasonous actions working in secret on the Iranian deal long before the ‘official’ timeline as well as secretly making deals about selling uranium one.

      There is something very wrong here.

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  7. treehouseron says:

    This crap is going to lose the demoncrats their entire base. The evil bastards that run the party have deceived most of their followers into thinking that they care about people, they are here to help, blah blah blah. This is why they get votes. The vast majority of democrats think they’re saving the world.

    The more of this backwoods, corrupt, vile government deep state is exposed, the less and less normal people (democrat or republican) are going to want to be associated with it.

    President Trump has been set up as the opposition to the Government (by both sides).. and then it’s now being revealed that the government is completely corrupt from top to bottom. The day will come when even democrats with eyes in their heads to see will vote for Trump long before they’ll vote for more of this corruption from the deep state.

    They went too far, folks. They thought Hillary would cover it up, but they made a fatal mistake trusting that woman to WORK.

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    • andy says:

      Im trying really really really hard to bring up these finer points of the timeline, but im still encountering denial denial denial,

      Liked by 2 people

      • Notmeagain says:

        Not to mention glazed eyes. It’s a good thing these names are coming out slowly. Assimilating the names of the parts/players is necessary before the relations can be discussed well.

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        • noswamp says:

          “It’s a good thing these names are coming out slowly. Assimilating the names of the parts/players is necessary before the relations can be discussed well.”

          I am sure that the IG is or has been taking notes and assimilating names..

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    • piper567 says:

      I remain skeptical ab where exactly the Dem base, or for that matter “normies”, are going to obtain any picture at all, much less a clear one, of the level of subterfuge these vermin have perpetrated on our Country.
      I am self-isolated, with no TV, radio, or newspaper, but I get Plenty of input right here at CTH…and I just do not see how people not plugged into the Internet full time have ANY clue as to what’s actually going on. (i do not care much for the zombies.)
      When “all of this” breaks, just how is it that anyone out there in Normalville going to have any idea what all is really involved?
      Please be a bit more specific…I really wish to be optimistic here.

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  8. Good Job! says:

    why did Deripaska spend 25 million to help FBI?

    Maybe they saved his life once. Or like that.

    why does McCabe think Deripaska will be helpful in Sept 2016?

    Because he’s Russian and once was an investor with Manafort.

    The surprise was when Deri. laughed about the collusion allegations told him by the FBI.

    Don’t be surprised to find out McCabe really believed in the memos allegedly written by Steele.

    I think Brennan and Comey did too and were shocked when the dossier was released most of the media thought it was a joke.

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    • deqwik2 says:

      “I think Brennan and Comey did too and were shocked when the dossier was released most of the media thought it was a joke”

      I am still shocked that the top of our US Gov intel.agencies thought anyone would believe that dossier. I sure don’t sleep better knowing that these “geniuses” are in control of our nation’s security.

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    • steph_gray says:

      I don’t think they believed in the dossier at all because they knew exactly where it came from. (My theory is that it was made up out of whole cloth, utter fiction, by the Clinton campaign – and I suspect Cody Shearer as the author – maybe Ben Rhodes as others have made a case for…) Just my tree branch musings, of course, and only IMHO!


      • Lady Sid says:

        Cody Shearer is rightly to be suspected. Anyone have a RECENT picture of him? I still think his late sister’s widower-husband Strobe Talbott, who retired from heading up the Brookings Institution (impt D. C. think tank) right after Trump was inaugurated, might have added to the Russian “collusion” narrative in his spare time.


        • digleigh says:

          Cody same guy who hired Brett Kimberlin(convicted speedway bomber) to make up story about Dan Quayle buying pot while Brett was in jail.)(GP I think….) Stupid lie, just like the pee thing….. He is friends of Blumenthal, and also the story on DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa meeting with this convict, and Yoni Ariel ( aka Johnathon Schwartz) to try to dig up dirt on Sect. of State! They fell for a false story they paid for! She is highly connected to Ukraine folks, and was member of Atlantic Council..So was Alperovitch (Crowdstrike Russian who “found” Russian involvement with DNC computers…..)paid by Eric Schmidt ( google) 100 million when Trump came along……Oh, the webs these guys weave when they hope to deceive……(not sure where quote is from)


  9. farrier105 says:

    I just heard that the judge will not dismiss the Manafort case. Now the problem might be Mueller’s tangle with Oleg Deripaska. If Mueller goes, we should start a pool about whether on not the investigation goes on, and, if it does, who will take it over.

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    • deqwik2 says:

      That’s the judge in DC, Amy Berman Jackson. We still have Judge Ellis who is waiting on un-redacted order from Rosenstein.

      The DC judge is buying the fact that it “arose” from Mueller’s investigation & that Rosenstein does have the authority to expand the investigation. She seems to be stuck on the fact that Manafort was part of the campaign so anything he did at any time in his life fits the order if it involves Russia. She is not limiting it to the campaign time frame.

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  10. Conundrum says:

    Cannot post link but Paul Sperry article about two colleagues contradicting Brennan needs to be reviewed and discussed here.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. WES says:

    Food for thought: way way back on Sunday April 8th I believe, Treepers were all excited about whether the two documents used to obtain the FISA warrant were the same or different?

    Then Monday Mueller struck raiding Cohen’s home and office pushing this off the front page!

    Maybe I fell a sleep and missed it but did we ever get any confirmation if the two FISA documents were the same or different?

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  12. Fools Gold says:

    Could someone from the tree please write Grassly and point out he ask the wrong lawyer and would he please correct his mistake?

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Mike says:

    Enough evidence to jail the majority of the prior administration, the majority of the state department leadership, the FBI leadership, DOJ leadership.. but nothing appears to be happening except conservative pundits/blogs writing about it.

    The mythical “IG” report doesn’t seem to be coming.. what does all this mean? Nothing good for the Republic. Hope there is a “Plan”.

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  14. Craig from Scotland says:

    It seems Deripaska was involved in one way or the other (1) disinformation with Christopher Steele & British disinformation campaign and/or (2) outright collusion with FBI/CIA.

    President Trump and young Wilbur Ross flattened and rolled Deripaska over a month ago.
    Pres Trump looking round corners again, I think we’re all at least a month behind as usual….

    10th April 2018
    LONDON – At Davos this year, Oleg Deripaska threw a party with champagne, Russian folk dancers and a performance by Enrique Iglesias. Now the Russian billionaire is on an international blacklist usually reserved for terrorists and warlords.

    On Friday, the US aimed its toughest sanctions at Deripaska’s metals empire, banning Americans from dealing with companies including United Co Rusal. As the drastic nature of Washington’s move became clear on Monday, the biggest aluminium producer outside China lost half its value in one day.
    “This is economic murder of the company,” according to a senior executive at a trading house, who asked not to be identified talking about a customer.

    In essence, the sanctions barred Deripaska from participating in the global dollar economy and the impact was immediate: international investors dumped stock and bonds issued by his companies as aluminium traders refused to buy Rusal’s metal.
    The potency of the US’s measures sent shock waves through Russia’s financial markets as traders fretted the corporate empires controlled by other tycoons could come under attack.

    Moscow-traded stocks fell the most in four years, the currency slid the most in the world and the nation’s credit risk soared. Investors dumped companies with ties to major Russian oligarchs. MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC, controlled by Vladimir Potanin, plunged 19% in London, the most since 2008.

    Rusal now faces the challenge of running a business with customers like Toyota Motor Corp, while being blacklisted by the Western financial system. While the Kremlin has tried to provide reassurance, its options are limited. The government hasn’t settled on what form aid will take, according to a senior official involved in the process.


    • Patricia JHS says:

      What should be known is the reason the FBI/CIA think that Dierpaska can be used as they see fit. And for some reason he seems to feel he must comply. My thought is it looks very likely this reason has to do with the kidnapping of my identical twin son David Leonard Johnson born May 2, 1973. Look at johnnygosch.com for a picture of my son right after he was kidnapped that time, in 1985 Why would that go together with Dierpaska? Get Oleg to answer under OATH what does he know about my son’s heritage of the House of David/ House of Stuart. Most people in todays world do not know what significance the House of Stuart is to the throne of Great Britain let alone the Covenent Blessing of the House of David. The House of Stuart is the House of David which carries that Covenent to this day. The one on the throne in Great Britain should be the one who carries the Covenent Blessing of the House of David. Windsor’s do not carry the Blessing. This type of information is what has been called Above Top Secret to keep it from being known by the public.

      Direct Heir of the House of Stuart


  15. Republicanvet91 says:

    Maybe this was covered here once before, but I have not read anything showing it included as a part of any timeline. I was shocked to read today this article by Sara Carter:


    Many of the same players are involved. Deripaska, Mueller at FBI, Kislyak, Paul Manafort, and a guy named Rick Davis, but the name used in the article is not Trump, but McCain.

    Davis was McCain’s campaign manager in 2000 and 2008. Davis was a partner with Manafort. Deripaska and Kislyak both figure into working with both…and McCain was influential in pushing the Steele Dossier.

    Hell, McCain met Deripaska more times than Trump ever did.

    Was this an earlier effort at a setup? Was it a template for the current setup? Many of the same players were involved in 2008, so why would it be a stretch for anyone to point fingers at the same people and scream Russian collusion?

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  16. jeans2nd says:

    Ever have the feeling that Pres Trump has told all these guys what he said to his kids when he turned his company over to Don and Eric so he could run for President? Candidate Trump had been challenged in a debate over what he was going to do with Trump Int’l.

    Going to run the country now. You’re on your own.
    “Have fun kids.”

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  17. fractionalexponent says:

    Don’t forget the McCabe, Robyn Grits, Gen Flynn squabble. Flynn likely knew all McCabe corruption.


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