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New York Times: Pro-Russia party in Ukraine lists millions to Trump Campaign Chief.

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The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump’s campaign chief Paul Manafort was listed in a secret black ledger as receiving millions in payments from Ukraine’s former ruling party. Between 2007 and 2012, Paul Manafort’s name appears in handwritten notes as receiving $12.7 million for consulting services to the pro-Russia administration of since-deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

The ledger apparently lists off-the-books payments for the Party of Regions, and Manafort’s name is listed 22 times. That said, the Times was unable to prove whether or not Manafort actually received the funds.

Anti-corruption officials there say the payments earmarked for Mr. Manafort, previously unreported, are a focus of their investigation, though they have yet to determine if he actually received the cash. While Mr. Manafort is not a target in the separate inquiry of offshore activities, prosecutors say he must have realized the implications of his financial dealings.

“He understood what was happening in Ukraine,” said Vitaliy Kasko, a former senior official with the general prosecutor’s office in Kiev. “It would have to be clear to any reasonable person that the Yanukovych clan, when it came to power, was engaged in corruption.”

Mr. Kasko added, “It’s impossible to imagine a person would look at this and think, ‘Everything is all right.’”

Manafort’s lawyer, Richard A. Hibey, told the Times that Manafort had received no such payments. “These are suspicions, and probably heavily politically tinged ones,” said Hibey. “It is difficult to respect any kind of allegation of the sort being made here to smear someone when there is no proof and we deny there ever could be such proof.”

But, of course, there is proof that Manafort was at least owed the money.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign chief whom Manafort replaced, seemed to be taking the news well (even if it did come from the “failing” New York Times).

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