Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Hired To Promote Interests Of Russian Government, Received Payments Funneled Through Offshore Accounts
Trump’s former Presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort was removed from his job after documents revealed he had been hired to promote the interests of the Russian government and had received payments for this work.
Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings, and news coverage inside the US, Europe, and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as US-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP
Several handwritten ledgers show “$12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from [a] pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012“.
Serhiy A. Leshchenko, a member of Parliament in Ukraine, “released documents that he said showed that Mr. Manafort took steps to hide the payments, which were tied to Mr. Manafort’s work for former President Viktor F. Yanukovych. The documents included an invoice that appeared to show $750,000 funneled through an offshore account and disguised as payment for computers“.