Bombshell: Comey’s FBI approached Russian oligarch weeks before 2016 election to push phony Trump collusion narrative
05/17/2018 // JD Heyes // Views

We already knew that the Obama-era Justice Department and FBI were weaponized against the campaign of then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump, but a new bombshell report on Monday provided additional insight into how far the Deep State was willing to go to undermine him while subverting the American political process.

The Hill’s John Solomon reported that James Comey’s FBI was so wedded to the “Trump-Russia collusion” hoax that it even attempted to convince a Russian oligarch cultivated as an operative by none other than special counsel Robert Mueller years before when he served as FBI director. (Related: See for more updates.)

Here’s a sketch of the story

In 2009, Mueller’s bureau convinced Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to spend tens of millions of dollars of his own money to finance the rescue of an FBI agent being held by Iran. The operation, which never took off, aimed to pluck agent Robert Levinson out of captivity after he was captured in the Islamic republic while working undercover for the CIA in 2007.

In large part, the reason why the operation was never staged was that the FBI kept getting what can only be viewed as pushback from Hillary Clinton’s State Department. For some reason, the time was never ‘right’ to launch the operation, though according to David McGhee, a former federal prosecutor who represents Levinson’s family, “Deripaska's efforts came very close to success.”

Keep in mind that Levinson was in Iran, and this was about the time that the Obama regime began its secret negotiations regarding the so-called “nuclear deal” the president wanted done at any cost.


“We were told at one point that the terms of Levinson’s release had been agreed to by Iran and the U.S. and included a statement by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pointing a finger away from Iran. At the last minute, Secretary Clinton decided not to make the agreed-on statement,” McGhee told Solomon.

Fast-forward to the 2016 election cycle

According to Solomon, who appeared Monday evening on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” with Laura Ingraham, said that Deripaska was approached by FBI agents in the weeks before the Nov. 8, 2018, election and asked if he believed former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was “colluding” with the Russians.

Despite the fact that Deripaska and Manafort had a tortured, tempestuous relationship, the Russian oligarch wasn’t buying and scoffed at the notion. (Related: Incredible: Obama administration put a SPY in the Trump campaign — and there’s still no proof of “Russian collusion”.)

Notes Solomon:

Two months before Trump was elected president, Deripaska was in New York as part of Russia’s United Nations delegation when three FBI agents awakened him in his home; at least one agent had worked with Deripaska on the aborted effort to rescue Levinson. During an hour-long visit, the agents posited a theory that Trump’s campaign was secretly colluding with Russia to hijack the U.S. election.

“Deripaska laughed but realized, despite the joviality, that they were serious,” his lawyer, Adam Waldman, told Solomon. “So he told them in his informed opinion the idea they were proposing was false. ‘You are trying to create something out of nothing,’ he told them.” 

He had every reason to trash Manafort — but didn’t, because he knew the narrative was bunk.

Here’s another piece of the puzzle. You may recall that Manafort has been indicted by special counsel Mueller on charges that have nothing at all to do with nefariousness related to the Trump campaign and Russia. But Deripaska, who had a failed business relationship with Manafort once upon a time and who later sued him — was not indicted. 

There’s more. It’s possible Mueller’s operation violated federal law. Some experts have told Solomon it could have been a violation of the Antideficiency Act, which prohibits the government from accepting voluntary services.

“If the operation with Deripaska contravened federal law, this figure could be viewed as a potential embarrassment for Mueller. The question is whether he could implicate Mueller in an impropriety,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley told Solomon.

Where are AG Jeff Sessions and deputy AG Rod Rosenstein?

Read more about the corrupt deep state at

J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.

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