Putin's oligarchs funneled millions to GOP.
The amounts reported vary between $7 and & 16 million in round numbers.
News outlets are reporting of millions of dollars entering the campaigns of a number of Republican Campaigns. Among those receiving help from Russia's oligarchs are:
Many other GOP candidates probably got Russian money indirectly through the NRA (also) which may well be in the middle of a money laundering scheme designed by and for the Kremlin and Putin's national interests. Worth noting the Treasury Department under Trump changed the rules such that the souce of money going to NRA and similiar organations can be kept secret. Hmmmm wonder why?
Whether or not these candidates knew of the source is not provable however it would be in the best interest of the Kremlin if they DID know of their help simply because buying a candidate is poinless unless that candidate knows to whoe they owe favors. Also knowing they have taken illegal money provides Russia with leverage over those candidates.
What would they do with that leverage? Hinder the Mueller investigation of course. And in the first two years they have gone out of their way to keep the American people and our own national security people in the dark about the what-when-where-how of the Russian manipulation of our elections.
Credit to Rubio for being a hold out voting to keep sanctions on Deripaska which failed to pass by two senate votes.
Cudos to the Republican senators voted with Democrats to keep sanctions in place.
Collins, Hawley, John Boozman, Tom Cotton, Steve Daines, Cory Gardner, John Kennedy, Martha McSally, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse, Jerry Moran
Things are still shaking out.
Mueller may have the first draft of his report in hand, holding out to tie loose ends. He may be or may have already issued sealed indictments on a number of BIG FISH in this probe, waiting until the right moment to pounce. I think key among likely charges will be levied against D. Trump Jr, J. Kusnher, and perhaps WikiLeaks and Julian Assange (who lives in exile out of reach for now) and most notablye President Trump himself.
In the end I predict that many GOP members of Congress will be implicated in the Russian influence scandal. Some may be forced to resign. The Party my face a real defeat and lose the confidence of all but die hard supporters who really don't care about anything but winning at all cost, including selling our America to a hostil power.
If this does pan out look for the root cause to be greed. American has it's own cadre of billionair oligarchs who already funnel millions mosty into Republican campaigns in an effort ( largely successful ) to steer government to serve their interests above the American citizen.
I'd love to be proven wrong... I fear that will not happen.