Russian oligarch and aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, who was once involved in business contracts with former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, offered to testify to congressional panels investigating fake news Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
US lawmakers in the Senate and House are rejecting his conditions.
Paul Manafort and Oleg Deripaska did business in the mid-2000s, when Manafort, a Republican consultant and lobbyist, was providing campaign advice to Ukrainian politicians backed by Moscow.
The relationship between the two men later deteriorated, resulting in a lawsuit.
What does this have to do with the 2016 US Presidential election? Nothing.
But in today’s America, unless you are Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, or Tony Podesta (all of whom had business dealings with Russian entities) then you cannot conduct business with any Russians.
Manafort has denied any impropriety with his ties to Russia and has turned over documents a Senate intelligence panel had requested.
Deripaska, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, recently offered to cooperate with congressional intelligence committees in exchange for full immunity, according to three congressional officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue publicly, the Times said.
However, the Senate and House panels rejected his offer because of concerns that immunity agreements create complications for federal criminal investigators, the officials said, according to the Times.
The congressional investigations into Russian interference in the election is separate from a probe into the matter being led by a special counsel appointed last week by the Justice Department, former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
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