Paul Manafort to register with government as foreign agent


"Manafort's acknowledgment of the foreign registration issue came Wednesday afternoon, hours after a detailed statement was issued by the Podesta Group, which, along with another firm, helped Manafort with a campaign to improve Ukraine's image in the United States between 2012 and 2014", the Washington Post reports. The other was $455,249 and also matched a ledger entry. They reportedly orchestrated the campaign through the Centre, working with the Podesta Group and another firm to set up meetings with senators and congresspeople.

While aspects of Manafort's finances are now under investigation, there is no indication that these loans are part of those inquiries.

Manafort, a longtime Republican political operative, led the presidential campaign from March until August past year when Trump asked him to resign.

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign adviser, is expected to register as a foreign agent hoping to quiet questions regarding his former work for the Ukraine government. This comes less than 24 hours after the report that former Trump campaign foreign policy Carter Page was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an agent of Russian intelligence.

It's unclear whether Trump was aware that Manafort was in talks with the government about registering before he hired him.

"Mr. Manafort received formal guidance recently from the authorities and he is taking appropriate steps in response to the guidance". Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn registered with the Justice Department earlier this year for work he did that could have benefitted the Turkish government. It acknowledged its work could have principally benefited Ukraine's government.

The fact that, upon leaving the campaign, Manafort received millions of dollars from companies with Trump ties calls into question the claims by the Trump campaign that the former chairman was working for free and that he had a "limited role".

But a spokeswoman for the Podesta Group now tells the Associated Press that the firm is registering under FARA because of "information brought to light in recent months". Yanukovych was also Manafort's main client, and some Ukrainian officials think the payments indicate evidence of a corruption scandal between Yanukovych's party and various clients of Manafort's firm.

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Manafort had previously insisted that the logbook was a fake. NPR's Lucian Kim says Paul Manafort's name keeps popping up as the Ukrainians investigate.

Still, Manafort's work continues to draw attention in Ukrainian politics.

Last month, The Associated Press confirmed documents released by a Ukrainian lawmaker.

The AP provided to Manafort the amounts of the payments, dates and number of the bank account where they were received.

Then in March, an invoice surfaced that appears to show Manafort got another $750,000 transfer while he worked for the party.

October 14, 2009, a payment of $750,000 from the Party of Regions.

November 2007, a payment of $455,249 from Graten Alliance Ltd., a now-inactive company that had been registered in Belize. It is now inactive.

KIM: Chornovil says he clashed with Manafort over election strategy. Yanukovych was ousted following allegations of corruption.