Jesse Benton, a run staffer for Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, has been charged with trying to funnel Russian wealth into Republican campaigns.
The Paul/McConnell Russia Connection Resurfaces
In an unsealed indictment,dated September 9, prosecutors allege Jesse Benton “conspired to illegally funnel thousands of dollars of overseas wealth from a Russian overseas national” into the campaign.
In October 2016, Benton received a $100,000 ligament transportation from the unnamed Russian national, the indictment states, promising him that helium would get to “meet a celebrity” astatine a fundraiser successful Philadelphia connected September 22, 2016.
Prosecutors bash not sanction the candidate, but erstwhile President Donald Trump washosting a fundraiserthat nighttime astatine the Ritz-Carlton successful Center City, Philadelphia.
Benton labeled the Russian currency “consulting work,” kept a chopped for himself, and donated the remainder to a campaign, apt Trump.
The erstwhile McConnell and Paul staffer was already convicted of run concern crimes related to the Ron Paul 2012 statesmanlike campaign, but helium was pardoned by Trump, who conscionable happened to beryllium the apt feline who got the Russian cash.
Jesse Benton could beryllium going to situation for a precise agelong time. He has been charged with six counts that each carries a word of 5-20 years successful prison.
The Republican Party appears to beryllium infested with Russian currency and influence, and the menace to ideology has bought itself a governmental party.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is besides a White House Press Pool and a Congressional analogous for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree successful Political Science. His postgraduate enactment focused connected nationalist policy, with a specialization successful societal betterment movements.
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