The FBI just carried out a raid on the Annapolis office of a Republican party fundraising firm called Strategic Campaign Group, leading to widespread questions about what connection the raid might have to the FBI’s ongoing investigation of the Donald Trump campaign. Palmer Report’s research team determined that the firm in question is in fact connected to Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Roger Stone.
There are several dots to connect here, but we’ll document them each in sequence, along with source links which you can follow yourself for verification. It’s been confirmed by the NBC affiliate in Baltimore that the Annapolis firm raided by the FBI today is in fact Strategic Campaign Group (link). Dennis Whitfield is a Senior Advisor for Strategic Campaign Group, and he was previously a director for BKSH and Associates, according to Strategic Campaign Group’s own website (link). BKSH went on to become Prime Policy Group, according to SourceWatch (link).
Prime Policy Group was working for the government of Ukraine when it was being run by Russian puppet Viktor Yanukovich (link), whom Paul Manafort helped get elected. And Prime Policy Group’s own website published a puff piece about Manafort and Roger Stone’s roles in the Donald Trump campaign (link) heading into the Republican National Convention.
So there you have it, and take it for what it’s worth. There is no guarantee that the FBI’s raid of Strategic Campaign Group today is due to its connections to Paul Manafort and Roger Stone. But if you follow the above links and put the pieces together, you’ll see that Strategic Campaign Group does in fact have connections to Manafort and Stone. This helps bolster the notion that today’s FBI raid is part of its investigation into the Donald Trump campaign, and that it’s in direct response to Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Help fund Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report