Paul Manafort to Register as Foreign Agent
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 18:06
President Trump's campaign manager from April through late August - said he will retroactively register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for his work in Ukrainian politics, citing advice from federal authorities.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Manafort's representative said he "has always denied that he ever received any cash payments for his work and has consistently maintained that he received all of his payments, for services rendered, through wire transfers conducted through the worldwide banking system".
The AP identified in the records two payments received by Manafort that aligned with the ledger: one for $750,000 that a Ukrainian lawmaker said last month should be investigated by USA authorities.
President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort had a big day Wednesday.
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.
The US Foreign Agents Registration Act requires people working on behalf of foreign political leaders, governments or political entities to register with the US Department of Justice. 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.
Since then the scrutiny of Manafort's business dealings and his connection to pro-Russian political figures in eastern Europe has only intensified, and now Manafort has realized that he should probably register as a foreign agent. 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 was a handwritten ledger with dollar amounts and dates next to Manafort's name. The resignation came after a tumultuous week in which The New York Times revealed that Manafort's name appeared in the Ukraine ledger - although the newspaper said at the time that officials were unsure whether Manafort actually received the money - and after the AP separately reported that he had orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation until 2014 on behalf of Ukraine's pro-Russian Party of Regions.
KIM: Across from the bus stop on Sofiiska Street is a century-old, five-story brick building where Paul Manafort used to work while he was advising former President Viktor Yanukovych who fled to Russian Federation after anti-government protesters were gunned down on the Maidan in 2014. Manafort denies any wrongdoing. FARA focuses on agents working with foreign powers to influence governmental decision-making, namely, lobbying.
Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman John Podesta, heads the Podesta Group.
Manafort has said the ledger is fake. Manafort is not the subject of any investigation by the Ukrainian authorities. He has agreed to be interviewed by both the House and Senate committees investigating Russia and offered "to provide information voluntarily regarding recent allegations about Russian interference in the election", his spokesman wrote in a statement in March.
KIM: Chornovil says he clashed with Manafort over election strategy.