Paul Manafort’s Pro-Russian $12.7 Cash Payments Creates More Trouble For Donald Trump
For the second day in a row The New York Times has a well sourced bombshell of a story about Donald Trump on the top of page one. Yesterday the news was about the attempts by those close to Trump to stop him from being a loose cannon. Today the story is one that has been predicted ever since Paul Manafort was chosen for such a high role in the failing Trump campaign.
As a note to my readers let me be clear about something. I think campaigns have a duty to be as above board as possible about ethical aspects of the both the candidate and those helping to win the election for that person. Therefore I think Trump has a duty to inform us who on his campaign staff is receiving money in any official capacity from Russia. Given the extreme positions that Trump has made over his admiration of strongmen, and Putin in particular, this matter with Manafort is most serious and needs attention from the candidate.
On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine’s ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May. And Mr. Manafort’s presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort’s main client, former President Viktor F. Yanukovych. Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012 … Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.”