New doc­u­ments al­lege Ukrainian pay­ments hid­den by Trump aide

Austin American-Statesman - - STATESMAN AT THE LEGISLATURE - An­drew E. Kramer ©2017 The New York Times

A Ukrainian law­maker re­leased new fi­nan­cial doc­u­ments Tues­day al­legedly show­ing that a for­mer cam­paign chair­man for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump laun­dered pay­ments from the party of a dis­graced ex-leader of Ukraine us­ing off­shore ac­counts in Belize and Kyr­gyzs­tan.

The new doc­u­ments, if le­git­i­mate, stem from busi­ness ties be­tween the Trump aide, Paul Manafort, and the party of for­mer Ukrainian pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych, who en­joyed Moscow’s back­ing while he was in power. He has been in hid­ing in Rus­sia since be­ing over­thrown by pro-Western pro­test­ers in 2014, and is wanted in Ukraine on cor­rup­tion charges.

The lat­est doc­u­ments were re­leased just hours af­ter the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee ques­tioned FBI Di­rec­tor James B. Comey about pos­si­ble co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the Trump cam­paign and Moscow. The hear­ing also touched on Manafort’s work for Yanukovych’s party in Ukraine.

Comey de­clined to say whether the FBI is co­or­di­nat­ing with Ukraine on an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the al­leged pay­ments to Manafort.

Manafort, who worked for Yanukovych’s Party of Re­gions for nearly a decade, re­signed from Trump’s cam­paign in Au­gust af­ter his name sur­faced in con­nec­tion with se­cret pay­ments to­tal­ing $12.7 mil­lion by Yanukovych’s party. Manafort has de­nied re­ceiv­ing those, listed in the party’s “black ledger.”

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