Ukraine details payments allegedly earmarked for Trump aide

Ukraine details payments allegedly earmarked for Trump aide

Campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned from Donald Trump's team Friday, less than a week after the candidate reshuffled his staff and amid news reports about Manafort's past political activity for pro-Russian elements in Ukraine. None of the firms involved ever registered their work for as agents for a foreign government as required by law.

The new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, had described Manafort and Gates as part of a new "core four" atop the Trump operation with her and CEO Stephen Bannon.

Trump announced Friday that he had accepted Manafort's resignation as campaign chairman, less than one day after AP revealed the scope of Manafort's firm's secretive role lobbying for Ukraine political leaders. "I am very appreciative for his great work in helping us get where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process".

"I think my father didn't want to be, you know, distracted by, you know, whatever things that, you know, Paul was dealing with", he told the Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures", while also praising Manafort's work for the campaign.

Ukraine's anti-corruption body, meantime, released entries Friday from once-secret accounting documents that purport to show payments from the pro-Russian political party earmarked for Manafort.

Mr Manafort, a former adviser to George HW Bush and Bob Dole, only joined the Trump campaign in March, to help the New Yorker secure the party's nomination.

Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau said it can not prove Manafort actually received the money. The Trump campaign chair had consulted for the Russian-backed Yanukovych in several elections.

Thursday's revelations from Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) were followed yesterday by claims by a top lawmaker that Paul Manafort lobbied in favour of a pro-Kremlin party even after February's 2014 pro-EU revolt pulled Ukraine out of Russia's orbit. Mr Manafort wanted the NY tycoon to use a teleprompter for his speeches and make less off-the-cuff remarks. "I have never received a single "off-the-books cash payment" as falsely "reported" by The New York Times".

Leshchenko, a member of President Petro Poroshenko's parliamentary faction, called on Ukrainian authorities to send a request for assistance to Washington to investigate Manafort.

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Manafort installed many of his associates in the upper echelons of the campaign, signaled his support for an allied super PAC and crushed attempts to embarrass Trump at the Republican convention in Cleveland.

John Feehery, a Republican strategist, said it would have been unsustainable for Manafort to stay on after Wednesday's hires.



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