Russian ex-spy reportedly pressured Manafort to pay debts to oligarch

A former Russian intelligence officer pressured Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTreasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort DOJ argues Democrats no longer need Mueller documents after impeachment vote Trump had brief encounter with Giuliani on Saturday MORE into paying debts to a Russian oligarch, Time magazine reported Saturday.

Victor Boyarkin told Time that he had connections to Manafort, President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE's former campaign chairman, during the 2016 election on behalf of a Russian oligarch.

“He owed us a lot of money,” he said. “And he was offering ways to pay it back.” 

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Boyarkin, a former arms dealer, also told Time that he has been approached by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE over the connection to Manafort.

“I told them to go dig a ditch,” he said.

According to Time, Manafort was in debt to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, Boyarkin's boss, when he joined the Trump campaign.

Manafort reportedly tried to offer “private briefings” about the presidential race to Deripaska via email to “get whole.”

Mueller released a filing earlier this month that Manafort had lied to the FBI and special counsel about contacts with the White House and an associate with ties with Russia.