Paul Manafort Made More Than $60 Million In Ukraine, Prosecutors Say

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Paul Manafort made more than $60 million consulting for a Russia-backed political party in Ukraine, according to prosecutors investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman faces trial in an Alexandria, Virginia federal court Tuesday on bank and tax fraud charges brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller. He is seeking to keep jurors from hearing details of his years of work in Ukraine for the Party of Regions and President Viktor Yanukovych, saying it is irrelevant and prejudicial.

In a filing Monday, prosecutors responded that those details are necessary to prove how much money Manafort made and did not pay taxes on; that he knew he was paid through unreported foreign bank accounts; and that in 2014, he began committing bank fraud to make up for lost income from Ukraine.

“The government expects to prove that Manafort earned more than $60 million dollars from his Ukraine work during the period at issue and failed to report a significant percentage of it on his tax returns,” prosecutors wrote. “Accordingly, to prove that Manafort earned that much income, the government must be able to show the extent of the work that he performed for Ukraine.”

The exhibits show that Manafort did not just work on multiple Ukrainian elections but did political consulting and lobbying work for Yanukovych outside specific campaigns.

Prosecutors say the evidence is also necessary to illustrate Manafort’s relationship with the oligarchs who supported the Party of Regions and who paid him through foreign bank accounts.

Two Democratic consultants who worked with Manafort in Ukraine, Tad Devine and Daniel Rabin, are set to testify against him. Some documents are necessary to show Manafort’s connections with those consultants, prosecutors say.

Yanukovych’s ouster in 2014 is relevant, the special counsel says, “because it explains Manafort’s work for a different political party (the Opposition Bloc) and why his income later drops dramatically, which is relevant to the bank frauds that he later committed.”

Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday morning. Manafort faces related charges in Washington, D.C., federal court, where his trial will begin in September.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Rachel Weiner

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6 COMMENTS

    • Do you even know the meaning of the phrase “smoking gun”?
      Was it illegal for Manafort to work for the Ukranian’s? No.
      The problem was his alleged neglect to pay taxes on his income.
      All of which has no relevance to DJT.

  1. Only $60 million??? when Hillary the Devil received
    $400 million tax free
    + $145 million for the Uranium One deal
    + $300 million from China
    + BILLIONS from Saudi Arabia
    ——-
    Total: $845 million + billions + hundreds of million for every public talk

    WHEN WILL HILLARY THE CRIMINAL-IN-CHIEF BE INVESTIGATED?

    • Please don’t forget her Whitewater cattle future deal where she turned $1000 into $100,000.00 in less than a year!!! She’s definitely the smartest woman in the world.

    • + $84 million funneled illegally from the DNC to Clinton campaign
      + that’s besides the $500 million joint fund raising between the DNC and the Clinton campaign

      But Manaford has to go to jail in the Banana Republic.

    • Did Manafort share his $60 million with Brennan, Mueller, Comey, Obama, Rosenstein, Lynch and Clapper, like Hillary did, especially with the Uranium One deal? No. Right. That’s the answer and why he has to be imprisoned and why the CIA and FBI will never investigate Hillary. She’s one of theirs.

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