Scott Dworkin and the Democratic Coalition have launched several investigations into members of the Trump administration and Republicans in government over the last two years, but few have yielded as many results as their probe into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY).
After initial findings in 2017, The Coalition is now reporting more troubling findings after McConnell and many of his Republican colleagues voted to drop sanctions against Russian aluminum company RusAl, owned by Vladimir Putin sanctioned oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
The sanctions being lifted directly benefits one of McConnell’s leader major donors, whose wealth comes from Russian oil:
- The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC run by Sen. McConnell’s former Chief of Staff, received a total of $3,500,000 ($2,500,000 in 2016 and $1,000,000 in 2017) via Access Industries and a subsidiary. Len Blavatnik is a Russian oligarch with US and UK citizenship who owns Access Industries and donated to Sen. McConnell’s 2016 Senate campaign vehicles.
- Last week, Sen. McConnell led 42 Republicans in voting against a resolution to maintain sanctions on Blavatnik’s business partner Deripaska.
- Deripaska is linked to convicted Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, who owed the aluminum magnate a significant debt and offered campaign information as repayment.
- Blavatnik gave a total of $7.35 million to PACs working for high-ranking Republicans including organizations linked to both the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader during the 2015–16 federal campaign cycle.
You can checkout the rest of The Democratic Coalition’s report here.
It’s no wonder why McConnell and his buddies in congress have worked so hard to obstruct and hinder the Mueller investigation and other congressional investigations and protect Donald Trump from connections to Russia – they’re in it as deeply as he is.