Republicans have been caught receiving money from Putin’s related businesses and people, further complicating the Russia investigation.
According to Dallas News, President Donald Trump and the PACs for Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich and John McCain have accepted more than $7 million in donations from a Ukrainian Oligarch named Leonid “Len” Blavatnik who has strong business ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Len Blavatnik reportedly contributed $6.35 million to top Republican candidates and incumbent senators during the 2016 election. Mitch McConnell alone got $2.5 million for his GOP Senate Leadership Fund. These donations came under the names of Blavatnik’s two companies, Access Industries, and AI Altep Holdings.
Among the donations uncovered, Marco Rubio’s PAC received $1.5 million, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker got $1.1 million, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham got $800,00, Ohio Governor and former presidential candidate got $250,000 and Arizona Senator John McCain received $200,000 from Blavatnik’s holding companies.
Additionally, Blavatnik made a contribution to Trump when he donated $1 million to Trump’s Inaugural Committee.
Len Blavatnik, although born in Ukraine, holds citizenship for the U.S and the U.K. He is known in as one of the richest men in Great Britain. And he is also infamously known for selling the reputation of a government school names after himself to Putin and his associates.
Blavatnik has close relationships with Russian oligarchs who have Putin’s ear such as Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska happens to be the Russian representative at the center of the Russian Probe and the question of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
These new uncoverings should worry the GOP leader involved because they further build Mueller’s obstruction of justice case against President Trump.