In 2014 Ukrainians flocked to their deposed President’s estate to have a look-see at what exactly their corrupt oligarch kleptocratic leader had been doing with their tax dollars. They found their money had been hard at work crafting toilets with gold hardware. They had even paid to have a replica Spanish galleon built as a private restaurant for their beloved leader that floated atop his own private lake on his massive estate. They also found a hand-written ledger detailing payments made. And one of the names that had several payments made to him just so happened to be Paul Manafort for a whopping 12.7 million U.S dollars.
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Paul Manafort, of course, heatedly denied the payments in the so-called Black Ledger dismissing them as “silly.” Now we know this to be a lie. And we know this thanks to an exclusive report from The Associated Press.
According to The Associated Press:
“…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.”
Now, while the confirmed payments were years before Manafort’s involvement with the Trump campaign, they do add fuel to the fire of the anti-corruption investigation currently be conducted which in part includes Manafort’s dealings in Eastern Europe. And they also bolster the credibility of the ledger in question.
“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,” Manafort stated.
Kind of funny how things keep coming to light from this Black Ledger and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s opposition research dossier even through the heated denials.
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Identified in the financial records obtained by The Associated Press are two payments: one is for $455,249 and the other is for $750,000. Both of which are identified in the ledger and the latter of the two was identified by a Ukrainian lawyer who declared that the money was attached to money laundering and should be investigated by the United States.
On Wednesday, Paul Manafort’s spokesperson Jason Maloni stated that Manafort intended to retroactively register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department for work he did lobbying on behalf of Ukraine’s pro-Russia party. This makes two of Trump’s cohorts now registering as foreign agents including former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn. Carter Page is lagging behind even though the FBI has him dead to rights with a FISA warrant and knows he was a Russian intelligence asset that knowingly passed intel to a Russian spy ring in 2013.
Looks like Paul Manafort might be spending some time in the penitentiary unless he can roll over on a more valuable target for the investigation. We look forward to seeing him doing the perp walk.
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