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A Belarusian woman who claimed to possess insider information about Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election — and what role President Donald Trump’s campaign played in the disinformation campaign — now admits her story was a hoax.

Anastasia Vashukevich, whom the New York Times described as an “escort,” grabbed headlines last year when she claimed to possess secret audio recordings that she said would prove a link between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

She said she obtained the recordings while engaging in an affair with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

According to the Times, Vashukevich sought to use the recordings as leverage to free herself from a Thai jail, where she wrote to U.S. officials asking for political asylum in exchange for the alleged evidence.

She, along with nine others, were arrested by Thai officials last year for conducting a sex workshop directed at Russian male tourists.

Earlier this month, Thai officials deported Vashukevich to Russia, where she was arrested on prostitution charges and later released.

Vashukevich revealed to CNN in an interview Tuesday that she made up her story about the recordings to generate media attention, which she believed would save her life.

“I think it saved my life, how can I regret it? If journalists had not come at that time and that story had not come to the newspapers, maybe I would [be dead by] now,” she said.

Her admission comes only after she said “Russian agents” spoke to her while she was detained in Russia earlier this month. Vashukevich said the agents warned her to stop talking about her relationship with Deripaska.

“I had some talk when I was in Russian jail. And they explained to me very clear what should I do, what should I say and what I shouldn’t say,” she said. “They said to me, ‘Don’t touch Oleg Deripaska anymore.”

Deripaska is known to be a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He also has a past business association with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is currently due to be sentenced to prison after being convicted of fraud, conspiracy against the U.S., and making false statements to investigators.

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34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. Rick

    January 30, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    One of many…..

  2. Mary

    January 30, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Who set her up to do that, this crap has to stop.

  3. bbaker

    January 30, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Key word “Prostitute”
    Has the sound support of a DEVOTED DEMOCRAT is this a legitimate news site, I think not.
    YES I’M VOTING TRUMP IN 2020

    • Dean Perry

      January 30, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      Seems the one always paying off porn stars is Donald Trump! LOL

      • Michael

        January 31, 2019 at 12:56 am

        Like Stormy Daniels? Oh wait, that’s right, she’s actually paying Trump to cover all his legal fees. Conveniently forgetful, aren’t we?

      • Ted barber

        January 31, 2019 at 5:01 pm

        You are a dumb ass, please do not breed, you useless human being.

  4. Joe

    January 30, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Another liar

  5. abolishliberalism

    January 30, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    yet ANOTHER one of the lefts agents comes crawling on hands and knees telling the truth about her story! When will this end, when will the Democrats be investigated for all these lies they produce? Trump needs to get off his big fat butt and start getting his own team of special investigators and start looking into all these liars, who put them up to it, who else was involved and who they are working for! I thought Trump was this tough, take no BS POTUS… now it seems like he is getting softer and softer. Letting pelosi push him around and all…sheesh!

    • Grace Joy

      January 30, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      Agree. Trump et al need to start prosecuting the Left when they Slander, Libel, & incite violence (it is NOT “humor” to hold a fake severed POTUS head, for example). The Left & Mus lims use our laws against us; & we must take back our rights before we lose those rights. This woman is not being “remarkably frank,” as the idiot Leftist journalist says: She’s a Liar; & nothing she says can be believed without proof.

      Also, it’s amazing she looks so healthy after over a year in terrible conditions.

  6. Mary L McClane

    January 30, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    If you dig deep enough this is always what happens. All lies. All fake news. When is this farce going to end?

  7. Polly

    January 30, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    These liars need to be put in jail.Not given awards.Check the Blassey woman.This is a sick world when they recognize evil as good and good as evil.I am so glad God sees everything

  8. neo

    January 30, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    AND ANOTHER ONE admits the truth….must have got her court papers served to her and she realized that she was going to have to prove her lie….and thinks that she can squirm her way out ….lol

  9. Ron Moulton

    January 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Why is this always about republicans, it never seems to grab the lying democrats. The media are a bunch of lying slugs, always trying to nail the president. They should look at Obama.

  10. Mary Johnson

    January 30, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Once again another false person giving false information.

  11. David Dolan

    January 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Another crazy Hooker who lies for $$$ just as she does everything else for $$$, that’s why their slutty Prostitutes, worthless.

  12. Mrs B

    January 30, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    The dems are going to say that Putin made her say it was all a lie. And the conspiracy new networks will go with it.

    • Dean Perry

      January 30, 2019 at 10:54 pm

      Is Trump having to pay off this one as well?????

      • RIC CARTER

        January 30, 2019 at 11:11 pm

        Acosta, don’t you have something better to be doing?

      • Michael

        January 31, 2019 at 12:54 am

        Funny, last I checked, it’s Stormy Daniels who is paying Trump. Conveniently forget about that, did we?

      • Tim

        January 31, 2019 at 1:38 am

        Yeah sure, Dean! You are a delusional moron! Get in your unicorn and fly the fuck away!

  13. SFC D Monk

    January 30, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Can you explain to me how you can believe anything that this person claims?

  14. Shelba J Holmes

    January 30, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    You cannot believe anything the media says or does these days. The media has become the enemy of this country in that they do nothing but foment hate and lies.

  15. William

    January 30, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    BOTOX QUEEN.

    • Dean Perry

      January 30, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      Leave Melania out of this… for now.

      • Jo

        January 30, 2019 at 11:10 pm

        What asses come crawling out of the cracks. Yes I’m talking about you Dean Perry

      • Michael

        January 31, 2019 at 12:57 am

        He was talking about you, Dean.

      • Luis

        January 31, 2019 at 1:43 am

        Not talking about Melania, talking about that ugly man type ape Michelle (Mike) Obama! You are right, she was so ugly and all the Botox in the world wouldn’t help that gross slob. Thank God she/he is gone!

      • Sylvia

        January 31, 2019 at 8:18 am

        What a grade a assh%$e you are! CrWl back under your rock jerk!

      • MICHAEL MCPOLAND

        January 31, 2019 at 8:09 pm

        You sir are almost a complete asshole. Only a thorough asswhooping or death will make you complete.

  16. Sue

    January 30, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Well well well what a surprise!

  17. sms0551

    January 30, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Hey, Drop Dead Dean, shut up ,stupid

  18. fred

    January 31, 2019 at 12:20 am

    ANOTHER MUELLER FABRICATION

  19. Chris

    January 31, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Not referring to Melania. Must be talking about the ugly smelly ape Michelle (Mike) Obama! All the Botox couldn’t make that shim look good!

  20. Richard Hullfish Sr.

    January 31, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Nancy and Chucky stick this up your Keister. Lies. You should put her in your group of ass holes.

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