Republican agent convicted of channeling Russian money to Trump campaign

Jesse Benton in 2012

Jesse Benton in 2012 Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images

Jesse Benton Former Chief of Staff Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Former Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) convicted on thursday to help Russian Citizens Illegally Pour Political Donations In the 2016 presidential election of former President Donald Trump. Benton, 44, said he bought tickets for Trump to the September 2016 Republican National Committee event for $25,000 and gave the tickets to his multilevel Russian marketer Roman Vasilenko. I was. Vasilenko then gave Benton $100,000.

The election “reflects the values, priorities and beliefs of the American people,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Parikh said at Benton’s trial this week. “Jesse Benton has damaged those principles by his actions.”

This is Benton’s second conviction for campaign finance violations. In May 2016, he was found guilty of illegally facilitating his $73,000 wire transfer to an Iowa state senator in exchange for endorsing Ron Paul in his 2012 presidential election.playing cards forgave Benton December 2020, just before retirement.

public prosecutor Benton and Doug Weed ChargedSeptember 2021, conservative evangelical expert involved in multi-level marketing.

Benton’s attorney, Brian Strutz, argued at the trial that Vasilenko was nothing more than a self-promoter willing to pay to be photographed with celebrities, and that he and Weed were accused of Oprah. After researching photo shoots with Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Stephen, we settled on Trump. Seagal, Washington Post report“If Oprah had been available, we wouldn’t be here.” Trump appeared briefly at the fundraiser and “talked about the polls.”

The prosecution pointed out that Vasilenko was running for a seat in the Russian parliament at the time and that his photo with Trump helped land him on Russian television, arguing that Vasilenko would not be able to help Trump’s political fame. Disputed the notion that he was not interested. And Benton should have clearly recognized that he was violating federal campaign finance laws after his 2016 conviction, they said.

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