Paul Manafort May Register as a Foreign Agent

The explanation pt. 2:"Mr. Manafort's work in Ukraine was totally open and appropriate and wire transfers for worldwide work are perfectly legal", Jason Maloni, Manafort's spokesman, said in an email statement today.

Manafort resigned as campaign manager in August 2016 amid a shakeup in the campaign staff of Donald Trump, who won the U.S. presidency three months later.

That's according to the Associated Press, who also reported that they had confirmed payments between Ukranian officials and Manafort's consulting firm, Davis Manafort.

But Manafort, who worked for the party as an worldwide political consultant, has publicly questioned the ledger's authenticity - saying no public evidence existed that he or others received payments recorded in it.

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 Federal Bureau of Investigation is still investigating any ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, according to Vox. Gates joined Manafort in working for the Trump campaign and stayed on after Manafort resigned in August. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn acknowledged his work as an agent on behalf of the Turkish government, pressuring the U.S.to extradite exiled cleric Fetullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government blames for a failed coup in 2016.

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Manafort's lobbying for a foreign client ended before he began working on Trump's presidential campaign "and was not conducted on behalf of the Russian government", spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement.

The Trump administration has faced criticism over the foreign ties of former campaign advisers and other close Trump aides.

The significance of those "Ukrainian political interests", of course, is that they're closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In filing the FARA report, Podesta's firm disclosed that it was paid more than $1.2 million by a Brussels-based group advocating for Ukraine. He accuses Manafort of arguing for closer integration with Russian Federation and against Ukraine joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Spicer said Manafort had a "limited role for a very limited amount of time". Manafort was an old associate of Trump's, having worked with him on casino-related political matters years before the launch of the businessman's presidential campaign, and his hiring was initially seen as a somewhat desperate reach to hire an old-time GOP operative who hadn't really been in the game in years. "What is clear, however, is individuals with political motivations are taking disparate pieces of information and distorting their significance through a campaign of smear and innuendo". Manafort declined to comment to NPR, saying only that he hopes Ukrainian investigators will look into an apparent attempt to blackmail him with compromising material.

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