aside Another Shoe Has Dropped In The Trump-Russian Saga (Paul Manafort)

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Here is the latest update regarding Paul Manafort who was the republican President Donald Trump’s campaign manager from March through August 2016. The details reported on in the AP report pertain to Mr. Manafort’s questionable activities prior to his involvement with the president’s campaign. It’s just that Mr. Manafort has previously either explained away or has firmly denied this uncovered data.

For background, remember that Paul Manafort and Roger Stone were former business partners and the relationship between the president and the both of these gentlemen, go back for decades. Paul Manafort has been a resident at NYC Trump Towers for about 10 years.

Image result for photos of paul manafort and trumpOn 4/12/17, Jack Gilliam, Chad Day and Jeff Horwitz of the Associated Press (AP) penned the following exposé,  “AP Exclusive: Manafort firm received Ukraine ledger payout.”

Excerpts:

“Last August, a handwritten ledger surfaced in Ukraine with dollar amounts and dates next to the name of Paul Manafort, who was then Donald Trump’s campaign chairman.”

“Ukrainian investigators called it evidence of off-the-books payments from a pro-Russian political party — and part of a larger pattern of corruption under the country’s former president. Manafort, who worked for the party as an international political consultant, has publicly questioned the ledger’s authenticity.”

Image result for photos of paul manafort and trump“Now, financial records newly obtained by The Associated Press confirm that at least $1.2 million in payments listed in the ledger next to Manafort’s name were actually received by his consulting firm in the United States. They include payments in 2007 and 2009, providing the first evidence that Manafort’s firm received at least some money listed in the so-called Black Ledger.”

“The two payments came years before Manafort became involved in Trump’s campaign, but for the first time bolster the credibility of the ledger. They also put the ledger in a new light, as federal prosecutors in the U.S. have been investigating Manafort’s work in Eastern Europe as part of a larger anti-corruption probe.”

“Separately, Manafort is also under scrutiny as part of congressional and FBI investigations into possible contacts between Trump associates and Russia’s government under President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. The payments detailed in the ledger and confirmed by the documents obtained by the AP are unrelated to the 2016 presidential campaign.”

“In a statement to the AP, Manafort did not deny that his firm received the money but said “any wire transactions received by my company are legitimate payments for political consulting work that was provided. I invoiced my clients and they paid via wire transfer, which I received through a U.S. bank.”

Aug. 19, 2016, file photo, Serhiy Leshchenko, (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

” Serhiy Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist turned lawmaker shows a copy one of the once-secret accounting documents of Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin party that were released and purport to show payments earmarked for then-Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine.””A firm headed by Manafort received more than $1.2 million in payments that correspond to entries in the handwritten ledger tied to a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, according to financial records obtained by The Associated Press. The payments between 2007 and 2009 are the first evidence that Manafort’s consulting firm received funds listed in the so-called Black Ledger, Ukrainian investigators have been investigating as evidence of off-the-books payments from the Ukrainian Party of Regions.”

“Manafort noted that he agreed to be paid according to his “clients’ preferred financial institutions and instructions.”

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“Previously, Manafort and his spokesman, Jason Maloni, have maintained the ledger was fabricated and said no public evidence existed that Manafort or others received payments recorded in it.”

“The AP, however, identified in the records two payments received by Manafort that aligned with the ledger: one for $750,000 that a Ukrainian lawmaker said last month was part of a money-laundering effort that should be investigated by U.S. authorities. The other was $455,249 and also matched a ledger entry.”

“The newly obtained records also expand the global scope of Manafort’s financial activities related to his Ukrainian political consulting, because both payments came from companies once registered in the Central American country of Belize. Last month, the AP reported that the U.S. government has examined Manafort’s financial transactions in the Mediterranean country of Cyprus as part of its probe.”

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Yanukovych (L)

“Federal prosecutors have been looking into Manafort’s work for years as part of an effort to recover Ukrainian assets stolen after the 2014 ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia. No charges have been filed as part of the investigation.”

“Manafort, a longtime Republican political operative, resignation (from the president’s campaign) came after a tumultuous week in which The New York Times revealed that Manafort’s name appeared in the Ukraine ledger — although officials were unsure whether Manafort actually received the money — and after the AP separately reported that he had orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation until 2014 on behalf of Ukraine’s pro-Russian Party of Regions. Manafort’s work continues to draw attention in Ukrainian politics.”

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Leshchenko

“Last month, Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko revealed an invoice bearing the letterhead of Manafort’s namesake company, Davis Manafort, that Leshchenko said was crafted to conceal a payment to Manafort as a purchase of 501 computers.”

“The AP provided to Manafort the amounts of the payments, dates and number of the bank account where they were received. Manafort told the AP that he was unable to review his own banking records showing receipt of the payments because his bank destroyed the records after a standard 7-year retention period. He said Tuesday the “computer sales contract is a fraud. The signature is not mine, and I didn’t sell computers,” he said in a statement.”

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Leshchenko (L)

“Leshchenko said last month the 2009 invoice was one of about 50 pages of documents, including private paperwork and copies of employee-issued debit cards, that were found in Manafort’s former Kiev office by a new tenant.”

“The amount of the invoice — $750,000— and the payment date of Oct. 14, 2009, matches one entry on the ledger indicating payments to Manafort from the Party of Regions. The invoice was addressed to Neocom Systems Ltd., a company formerly registered in Belize, and included the account and routing numbers and postal address for Manafort’s account at a branch of Wachovia National Bank in Alexandria, Virginia.”

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“The AP had previously been unable to independently verify the $750,000 payment went to a Manafort company, but the newly obtained financial records reflect Manafort’s receipt of that payment. The records show that Davis Manafort received the amount from Neocom Systems the day after the date of the invoice.”

Leshchenko contended to AP that Yanukovych, as Ukraine’s leader, paid Manafort money that came from his government’s budget and was “stolen from Ukrainian citizens.” He said: “Money received by Manafort has to be returned to the Ukrainian people.”

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Yanukovych (R)

“Leshchenko said U.S. authorities should investigate what he described as corrupt deals between Manafort and Yanukovych. “It’s about a U.S. citizen and money was transferred to a U.S. bank account,” he said.”

“A $455,249 payment in November 2007 also matches the amount in the ledger. It came from Graten Alliance Ltd., a company that had also been registered in Belize.”

“The AP reported last month that federal prosecutors are looking into Manafort’s financial transactions in Cyprus, an island nation once known as a favored locale for money laundering.”

“Among those transactions was a $1 million payment in October 2009 routed through the Bank of Cyprus. The money was deposited into an account controlled by a Manafort-linked company, then left the account on the same day, broken into two disbursements of $500,000, according to documents obtained by the AP.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF Manafort and Yanukovych.“The records of Manafort’s Cypriot transactions were requested by the U.S. Treasury Department Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which works internationally with agencies to track money laundering and the movement of illicit funds around the globe.”

“Dozens of Ukrainian political figures mentioned in the Black Ledger are under investigation in Ukraine. The anti-corruption bureau, which has been looking into the Black Ledger, publicly confirmed the authenticity of the signature of one top official mentioned there. In December, the bureau accused Mykhaylo Okhendovsky of receiving more than $160,000 from Party of Regions officials in 2012, when he was Ukraine’s main election official.”

“The bureau said it would identify more suspects in the coming months.”

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13 comments

  1. Still waiting for an independent ethics committee to step up and officially investigate this mess. If guilty, fraud charges should be pressed. Draining the swamp should start from within!

    • Dear1EarthUnited,

      You called it. It is a mess. All these folks surrounding DDT seem to have had some ulterior motive up their sleeves. And I love your idea of an independent ethics committee.

      This may take awhile, Gronda

    • Dear Jill,

      It looks like Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Gen Mike Flynn have all been under law enforcement’s radar for awhile.

      And it looks lite Monsieur Bannon is on the way out. Here’s the rub. If he goes out in a huff, he will do his best to get even with DDT and he knows where the bodies are buried.

      Let’s just pray that Mr. Bannon and DDT are on somebody’s ledger.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • I’m betting they are … the question is, will investigators be allowed to dig deep enough to find the dead bodies? I am concerned by something DT said in an interview with Fox, that he could still fire James Comey. Now, Comey isn’t my hero, after what he pulled last October, but he is investigating Trump & Co, and if he leaves, Trump will undoubtedly replace him with somebody who will, I believe, do nothing to uncover the dirt on Trump or the minions. Hugs!!

        • Dear Jill,

          That sounds like a threat to me. FBI Director is hired for a 10 year stint and at this stage, if Mr. Comey were fired, it would create a lot of hoopla. This would hearken back to the Watergate era.with the Saturday night massacre when Mr. Cox was fired.

          But if I were the FBI, I would push this investigation along.

          Hugs, Gronda

        • Yes, it sounded like a threat to me also, and I suspect it was intended to. Did you see his (Trump’s) Fox interview? I read a transcript and have startetd a post about it … he comes across as certifiably insane!

  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    And the plot thickens … Wow … our reality is beginning to read like a John Le Carre spy novel! As always, Gronda is hot on the trail, so please take a moment to peruse her latest post … Thank you, Gronda, for your excellent research and for allowing me to share your work!

    • Dear Jill,

      We are part of a national reality show. The question is, who will survive.

      Thanks a million times over for your gracious support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • You are so right about that! I vacillate between calling it a reality show and a circus. I do know that much of the audience is horrified as they await the outcome. You are most welcome for the reblog … you do such an excellent job in your research that it is well worth sharing with as many as possible. Hugs!

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