Manafort expected to register as foreign agent

Not only was it revealed that the former Trump campaign manager's consulting firm received $1.2 million from the "secret ledger" of Ukraine funds, but he also began the process of registering as a foreign agent due to his strong ties to Ukraine and Russian Federation.

The AP reported recently that in 2006, Manafort signed a contract calling for payments of $10 million per year from a Russian billionaire in return for political consulting and for promoting the Kremlin's interests.

By registering retroactively with the Justice Department, Manafort will be acknowledging that he failed to previously disclose his work as required by USA law.

Paul Manafort, campaign manager to Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, is surrounded by reporters asking about the Republican National Convention Committee on Rules in Cleveland, Ohio, July 14.

Manafort will be the second top Trump aide to retroactively register as a foreign agent.

Also Wednesday, one of the Washington lobbying firms involved in that covert campaign, the Podesta Group Inc., formally registered with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Manafort has said the ledger is fake. It cited unspecified “information brought to light in recent months” and conversations with Justice Department employees as the reason for its decision. Manafort's work for the old Ukrainian government is coming back to haunt him as documents keep emerging to allegedly show how and how much Yanukovych paid him.

Manafort through a spokesman called the story "totally misleading and incorrect", according to CBS, and Manafort told the AP they were "legitimate payments" for consulting work.

As of Wednesday, the Justice Department's database did not list Manafort, Gates or Mercury as registered foreign agents for the same work.

Last year, the Associated Press reported that Manafort's firm, DMP International, introduced Mercury and Podesta Group to the Centre and assisted in directing some of their lobbying strategy. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni confirmed Manafort's intention of registering as a foreign agent. Manafort has not been charged with a crime, and he says he's never had anything to do with the Russian government. The registrations ask lobbyists about the services they plan to provide for foreign principals, about money they've received from foreign governments and about any public relations work they will do on behalf of certain clients.

The House and Senate intelligence committees and the FBI are investigating Trump's campaign for possible collusion with Russian intelligence services ― which allegedly hacked the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign so Trump would win the 2016 election.

KIM: But Ukrainian prosecutor Serhiy Gorbatyuk says they want to know more about Manafort's contacts with Yanukovych at the time of the Maidan shootings. “The signature is not mine, and I didnt sell computers, ” Manafort said, noting that he believes people are taking “disparate pieces of information and distorting their significance through a campaign of smear and innuendo.”.

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



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