Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Paul Manafort Helped Pro-Russians In Ukraine Move Money To U.S. Forms

WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, helped a Ukrainian political party with close ties to Russia secretly move at least $2.2 million to two major Washington lobbying firms, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

The AP, citing sources with direct knowledge of the effort, said the transfers were set up in ways to obscure the Ukrainian party’s attempts to sway U.S. policies, using a non-profit organization to distance funds from Ukrainian politicians.

U.S. law requires American lobbyists to register and report in detail any ties to foreign political parties or leaders to the U.S. Justice Department.

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