Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Trump’s Manafort in Corrupt Scheme to Loot Assets & Influence Elections Oooops Manafort now tied to undisclosed foreign lobbying

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    Aug 15, 2016 4:27 AM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/15/us/politics/paul-manafort-ukraine-donald-trump.html?_r=0 KIEV, Ukraine

    ...government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections
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    Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials....

    ...Mr. Manafort’s involvement with moneyed interests in Russia and Ukraine had previously come to light. But as American relationships there become a rising issue in the presidential campaign — from Mr. Trump’s favorable statements about Mr. Putin and his annexation of Crimea to the suspected Russian hacking of Democrats’ emails — an examination of Mr. Manafort’s activities offers new details of how he mixed politics and business out of public view and benefited from powerful interests now under scrutiny by the new government in Kiev.

    Anti-corruption officials there say the payments earmarked for Mr. Manafort, previously unreported, are a focus of their investigation...

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    Aug 15, 2016 4:45 AM GMT
    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/paul-manafort-ukraine-payment-new-york-times-227004Manafort blasts (the messenger), denies he accepted Ukraine cash payments

    Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, slammed the New York Times Monday on morning after the newspaper published a story reporting that secret ledgers in Ukraine show more than $12 million in cash earmarked for him.

    The report states that the political party of former Ukraine president and pro-Russia ally Viktor Yanukovych set aside $12.7 million for Manafort. Investigators say the money was part of an illegal, undisclosed payment system, the Times reports.

    ...“The suggestion that I accepted cash payments is unfounded, silly and nonsensical.”...

    ...It’s unclear if Manafort actually received payments, but prosecutors told the Times that Manafort “must have realized the implications of his financial dealings.” ...

    ...(from the Clinton camp):.“Donald Trump has a responsibility to disclose campaign chair Paul Manafort's and all other campaign employees' and advisers' ties to Russian or pro-Kremlin entities, including whether any of Trump's employees or advisers are currently representing and or being paid by them," Mook said in a statement.


    I'd read that NYT report. Manafort is full of shit. The story didn't "suggest" any such thing. It simply laid out the fact--be that a true fact or a set up--that Manafort's name was found in a ledger showing what money either went to or would go to him." NYT neither said nor suggested he accepted money. If I recall correctly, all the NYT said was that his name was found in a ledger. But how interesting a way to phrase that by Manafort himself, that money was offered to accept? Oh, so you were doing something that involved being offered millions in cash? Really? And this is somehow the fault of the NYT to report that? Really? When they didn't even report that you were offered but only that your name was found in a ledger? So did Manafart just unwittingly admit that he was offered money while in the same breath denying involvement? Really?
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    Aug 15, 2016 1:10 PM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/15/politics/clinton-slams-trump-over-manafort-report/Hillary Clinton's campaign slammed Donald Trump for "troubling connections" to Russia after The New York Times published a report late Sunday alleging that millions in cash payments were designated for Paul Manafort by Ukrainian leaders during his time as a political consultant there.

    In a statement released Sunday evening, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said, "On the eve of what the Trump campaign has billed as a major foreign policy speech, we have learned of more troubling connections between Donald Trump's team and pro-Kremlin elements in Ukraine."

    He continued, "Given the pro-Putin policy stances adopted by Donald Trump and the recent Russian government hacking and disclosure of Democratic Party records, Donald Trump has a responsibility to disclose campaign chair Paul Manafort's and all other campaign employees' and advisers' ties to Russian or pro-Kremlin entities, including whether any of Trump's employees or advisers are currently representing and or being paid by them."

    ...The report also noted that those officials have not yet determined if Manafort received the payments found in the handwritten ledgers....

    ... I have never received a single "off-the-books cash payment" as falsely "reported" by The New York Times, nor have I ever done work for the governments of Ukraine or Russia... (flying off the handle much?)

    ...Prior to serving as chairman of the Trump campaign, Manafort previously worked on and off as a political consultant for Yanukovich, before Yanukovich's violent ouster in 2014....


    (Yanukovich was the fourth President of Ukraine)
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    Aug 15, 2016 6:31 PM GMT
    Well, if Trump and Manafort didn't like the Times article, they certainly won't like this one....

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-08-15/ukraine-documents-detail-cash-payments-to-paul-manafort...Manafort never registered as a foreign agent with the U.S. Justice Department, which would not have been required if he indeed worked only for the political party, not Ukraine's government. Because he was not registered, Manafort did not have to disclose his income and its sources.

    But he may have violated federal law, however, if his work, which continued while Yanukovych was in office, was for the administration....

    ...Experts told the Times it would beggar belief for Manafort to have been ignorant about the rampant corruption Yanukovych and his allies were reportedly engaged in.

    "He understood what was happening in Ukraine," Vitaliy Kasko, a former senior official with the general prosecutor's office in Kiev. "It would have to be clear to any reasonable person that the Yanukovych clan, when it came to power, was engaged in corruption...

    The ledger itself is simply a "vivid example" of how business is done in Ukraine, Daria Kaleniuk, the executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Center in Kiev, explained to the Times. "It represents the very dirty cash economy in Ukraine."...

    ...Manafort was also linked to business deals that Ukrainian investigators say were meant to launder public money through offshore companies, although officials say he is not the target of a separate investigation into those activities....

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    Aug 16, 2016 4:28 AM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/16/us/politics/trump-campaign-paul-manafort-ukraine-cash-payments-russia.html?_r=0Trump Campaign and Its Chief, Paul Manafort, Try to Move Past Ukraine

    The Trump campaign was on the defensive on Monday after a New York Times report revealed that its chairman, Paul Manafort, was designated to receive $12.7 million in undisclosed and potentially illegal cash payments from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

    The revelation preceded a high-profile national security speech by Donald J. Trump on Monday afternoon in Ohio, and threatened to derail the Republican presidential nominee’s latest effort to avoid distractions and stick to policy as he tried to stop his poll numbers from sliding.

    ... On Monday, both Mr. Manafort and his lawyer, Richard A. Hibey of Washington, did not respond to emails asking how much the political operative or his firms were paid during the five-year period in question by his main client in Ukraine, former President Viktor F. Yanukovych, or the Party of Regions....

    ...Democrats seized on the situation on Monday, drawing a connection between Mr. Manafort’s ties to the region and Mr. Trump’s frequent praise of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Mr. Trump has regularly lauded Mr. Putin’s leadership abilities, has suggested that as president he would foster friendlier relations with Russia and has called on Russia to use its espionage abilities to hack into Mrs. Clinton’s emails...

    ...The new details about Mr. Manafort’s business in Ukraine also appeared to stir lingering tension between him and Corey Lewandowski, his predecessor, who was ousted from the campaign this year. Mr. Lewandowski, now a CNN analyst...
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    Aug 16, 2016 4:51 PM GMT
    I think there's more to this than meets the eye. Interestingly, Manafort also represented Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines who plundered this developing country's treasury and engaged in systematic torture of his political opponents.
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    Aug 18, 2016 3:57 AM GMT
    Luckily he picked up a few pairs of heels in the deal. Cause it looks like he's gonna be fleeing.....or jailed...either way those shoes'll come in handy.

    http://uatoday.tv/press/manafort-tied-to-undisclosed-foreign-lobbying-ap-728922.htmlUS lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties

    Donald Trump's campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least USD 2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party's efforts to influence U.S. policy.

    The revelation, provided to The Associated Press by people directly knowledgeable about the effort, comes at a time when Trump has faced criticism for his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin. It also casts new light on the business practices of campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

    Under federal law, US lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department. A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to USD 250,000.