Former Trump Campaign Aide: My Russia Ties Are Not Nefarious! - 2018-05-25

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F354.png Former Trump Campaign Aide: My Russia Ties Are Not Nefarious! May 25, 2018, Garrett M. Graff, Wired

Michael Caputo's favorite novel is Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, the story of the Devil's visit to Moscow in the 1930s and all the oddball characters who surround him. When the future Trump campaign official was living in Moscow in the 1990s, he moved to Patriarchs Pond, the novel's setting, and scratched his apartment's paint down to the color it was when Bulgakov wrote the novel in Stalin's Soviet Union, and then repainted each room in the color it would have been then.

Today, Caputo thinks the book's magical realism and interplay of greed, guilt, and politics captures the absurdity of our modern moment perfectly, and he has taken his own first-edition copy of the book into his closed-door testimonies before the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, and, earlier this month, to meet with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators. "I figure that'll raise its resale value," he says. "I'll put it on eBay someday."

Among the odd stories surrounding the colorful cast of characters orbiting the Trump campaign and the Mueller investigation, political consultant Michael Caputo—a one-time protégé of PR dirty trickster Roger Stone and former aide to Paul Manafort—likely doesn't even crack the top dozen. In fact, his most memorable claim to fame on the Trump campaign may be that he's the only person to have left the campaign under totally normal circumstances, resigning after an ill-advised tweet that celebrated the firing of Corey Lewandowski. ("Ding dong the witch is dead," he wrote, accompanying the post with a photo of a pair of legs crushed by a house.)

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