Oleg Deripaska, Russian oligarch sanctioned by the US , in an exclusive interview with John Solomon of the Hill, claimed that in early stage of the Special Investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election he told FBI that he “strongly doubted” the theory about collusion between Trump campaign and Russians, reported The Hill.
According to Solomon, Deripaska’s interview could have an impact on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony, which is scheduled to take place on July 17th.
“I told them straightforward, ‘Look, I am not a friend with him [Manafort]. Apparently not, because I started a court case [against him] six or nine months before … . But since I’m Russian I would be very surprised that anyone from Russia would try to approach him for any reason, and wouldn’t come and ask me my opinion,’ ” Deripaska told Solomon.
“I told them straightforward, I just don’t believe that he would represent any Russian interest.”
It is worth mentioning that Deripaska’s interview with the FBI was not provided to the lawyers of Paul Manafort, who was investigated for colluding with Russians.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website