Trump Campaign Chief’s Firm Got $17 Million From Pro-Russia Party
Paul Manafort, who was expelled as president of President Trump’s campaign last summer after five months of fighting and criticizing his trade relations with pro Russian interests, announced Tuesday that his consulting firm had received over 17 million more Of two years of a political party of Ukraine with ties with the Kremlin.
The deposit is retroactive to the admission that M. Manafort has performed work in the United States on behalf of a foreign power – Party of Regions of Ukraine – without disclosing at that time, as required by law.
The Party of Regions is the political base of former President Viktor F. Ianoukovitch, who fled Russia during a popular uprising in 2014.
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It was not entirely clear whether M. Manafort had to pay fines for late filing. He argued that most of his work for M. Ianoukovitch was a political council in Ukraine, where his firm, Davis Manafort International, executed an exercise at the time.
The Party of Regions has employed M. Manafort to help recall M. Yanoukovitch and his party, known as the adoption of Russia as modernizers who favor closer relations with the European Union.
All work is shown by M. Manafort Tuesday before the M. Trump election campaign.
The deposition of M. Manafort says she was retained by the Party of Regions to help select national and regional candidates in Ukraine and to maintain contacts with US diplomats in Kiev, the capital, which monitored the elections.
“Paul’s main emphasis is always on the domestic work of the Ukrainian political campaign, and this is reflected in today’s presentation,” said Jason Maloni, spokesman for M. Manafort.
But the documents recognize some of the work of his cabinet was to advise Ukrainian officials in their relations with representatives of the United States Government in the United States.
The work also included the meeting of the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, a non-profit group that included both party members Mr. Yanukovych.
MP Mr. Manafort Richard Gates, have also overseen a pressure campaign from Washington to shine the image of Ukraine there.
But M. Manafort denied that he or M. Gates had a formal role in the pressure campaign, that a spokesman said to be managed and paid by the European Center for a modern Ukraine.
Tuesday’s presentation recognizes contact with a US official in the United States: a March 2013 meeting with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California, known for his pro-Russian views.
The warehouse also contains details of several contractors, both from the United States and Ukraine, Mr. Manafort was employed for the Party of Regions. M. Manafort paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a company co-owner of a Republican poll Tony Fabrizio, who would work later in the presidential campaign of M. Trump.
Over a period of two years, the company will charge the Party of Regions for more than 2 million in travel expenses and living expenses.
In addition, the documents show regular payments by the company of M. Manafort Konstantin V. Kilimnik, who served as director of the Kiev office.
The deposits do not cover the whole period during which M. Manafort worked in Ukraine. Last summer, the New York Times reported that handwritten books kept by the Party of Regions recorded 12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments for the company M. Manafort 2007-2012.