Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Hired To Promote Interests Of Russian Government, Received Payments Funneled Through Offshore Accounts

 In Conflicts Of Interest, Corruption and Fraud, Russia   Last Updated: June 20, 2017

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’s plans were laid out in documents obtained by the AP that included strategy memoranda and records showing international wire transfers for millions of dollars:

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“.

 

 

 

 

Horowitz, Jeff, and Chad Day. “Inside Paul Manafort’s Secret Plan to ‘greatly Benefit the Putin Government’.” Business Insider. Business Insider, 22 Mar. 2017. Web. 25 Mar. 2017.
Kramer, Andrew E., Mike McIntire, and Barry Meier. “Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 14 Aug. 2016. Web. 25 Mar. 2017.
Kramer, Andrew E. “Paul Manafort, Former Trump Campaign Chief, Faces New Allegations in Ukraine.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 20 Mar. 2017. Web. 25 Mar. 2017.

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