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Newly obtained financial records obtained by The Associated Press appear to confirm Paul Manafort’s consulting firm received at least $1.2 million in "Black Ledger" Ukraine payouts. The ledger, which first emerged last August while Manafort was serving as then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign manager, detailed payments in 2007 and 2009 while the firm was working for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
The Associated Press said one $750,000 payment Manafort’s firm received was described by a Ukrainian lawmaker last month as part of a money-laundering effort that should be probed by U.S. authorities. A second payment, for $455,249, also matched a ledger entry, the AP said, a document which is part of a larger pattern of corruption under former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Manafort’s past work in Eastern Europe has come under fresh scrutiny as lawmakers probe Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Intelligence officials say Russian officials sought to help elect Trump, and the FBI is probing any possible coordination between Moscow and his campaign.
AP confirms Manafort's 'Black Ledger' Ukraine payouts | TheHill
Aug. 19 was an eventful day for Paul Manafort.
That morning, he stepped down from guiding Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, after a brief tenure during which Mr. Trump won the Republican nomination, Democrats’ emails were hacked and the campaign’s contacts with Russia came under scrutiny. Dogged by revelations about past financial dealings in Ukraine, Mr. Manafort retreated from public view.
But behind the scenes, he was busy with other matters. Papers were recorded that same day creating a shell company controlled by Mr. Manafort that soon received $13 million in loans from two businesses with ties to Mr. Trump, including one that partners with a Ukrainian-born billionaire and another led by a Trump economic adviser. They were among $20 million in loans secured by properties belonging to Mr. Manafort and his wife.
So the entire world was basically throwing up SIGINT smoke signals about #TrumpRussia as far back as 2015?
A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.
They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale for what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies [en.riss.ru/], after the election.
The institute is run by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin’s office. It recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama, the seven officials said.
Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election - documents | Reuters