Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort

Current Status: American lobbyist and political consultant under active investigation by multiple federal agencies

Former Status: Campaign manager for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign; In August 2016, Manafort's connections to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions drew national attention in the USA, where it was reported that Manafort may have illegally received $12.7 million in off-the-books funds from the Party of Regions. On August 17, 2016, Donald Trump received his first security briefing and the New York Times reported on an internal staff memorandum from Manafort stating that Manafort would "remain the campaign chairman and chief strategist, providing the big-picture, long-range campaign vision". However, two days later, Trump announced his acceptance of Manafort's resignation from the campaign after Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway took on senior leadership roles within that campaign.

Allegations: Manafort is accused of money laundering a $750K payment from Yanukovych through a Belize-based company in October, 2009. - [Source]

Manafort is accused of receiving a $750K "illegal, off-the-books payments from Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych before he was toppled." - [Source]

From 2006 to at least 2009, Manafort had a $10 million annual contract with Putin ally and aluminum magnate, Oleg Deripaska, to "influence politics, business dealings and new coverage inside the U.S., Europe and former Soviet republics" to benefit Putin's interests. - [Source]

From 2006 to 2012, Manafort did consulting work for then-president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. In 2014, Yanukovych was forced out of office and fled to Russia. - [Source]

Text messages that are purported to have been hacked from Manafort's daughter included an allegation by one daughter to another that Manafort: "has killed people in Ukraine? Knowingly"; "has no moral or legal compass"; and takes "blood money". - [Source 1] [Source 2]

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