The plethora of text messages hacked from the phone of Andrea Manafort, 31, the daughter of former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, continue to seep into the news. It started with the blackmail threat sent to the Manaforts having to do with the family patriarch’s work in Ukraine, and on Tuesday, the scandal continued with POLITICO publishing texts revealing Andrea Manafort’s reservations over said work. She was blunt about it, to say the least, saying that the family was benefitting from “blood money.”
Specifically, the “blood money” comment came during an exchange with her sister, Jessica Manafort, 34. At one point, when discussing their father’s work for pro-Russian Ukranian politician Viktor Yanukovych, the 2013 deaths of anti-Yanukovych protestors at the hands of police are referenced. “Don’t fool yourself,” she wrote. “That money we have is blood money.” A few months later, in another text chain with someone else, she said that her father’s “work and payment in Ukraine is legally questionable.”
On Monday, Paul Manafort authenticated of some text messages between him and his daughter for POLITICO, but otherwise declined comment on most of them.
In addition to the Russian/Ukraine discussions, another exchange between Manafort’s daughters delved into his work for Trump:
Andrea: Im not a trump supporter but i am still proud of dad tho. He is the best at what he does.”
Jessica: The most dangerous friendship in America.
Andrea also called them “power-hungry egomaniacs” with Trump benefitting from her father’s desire to “[do] this campaign is for sport,” adding that “he likes the challenge. It’s like an egomaniac’s chess game. There’s no money motivation.” The texts also reveal that Jessica Manafort had been hacked a few weeks before her sister was, while Andrea told one friend that her father was hesitant to open up much in texts because “Russians literally hack his phones.”
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