Paul Manafort Pro-Russian Mess Grows Larger, Deeper
Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party’s efforts to influence U.S. policy.
The revelation is messy and highly problematic as it comes at a time when Trump is facing criticism for his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin. This latest revelation also brings more light to and heat about the business practices of Manafort.
Under federal law, U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department. A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
This story has legs. Many of them. All on the move. With about 80 days to the election.