Manafort, a Republican campaign veteran who helped manage the 1976 convention floor for Gerald Ford, has come under fire in recent weeks over reports supposedly linking him to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a close ally of Vladimir Putin.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau emphasized that the mention of Manafort's name in the party's "black ledger" did not mean he had actually received the money. Manafort's exit coincides what supporters call a new era in the Trump campaign following the appointment Wednesday of a rightwing news executive as CEO and the promotion of a respected pollster to campaign manager. A Washington attorney who represents Manafort and Yanukovych didn't respond to a request for comment.
Manafort is only one of a number of USA political operatives who have offered their services to office-seekers in other countries. A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Per the law, all lobbyists have to disclose to the government that they are representing foreign interest groups.
Leshchenko also said Manafort continued to work in Ukraine after Yanukovych fled and a new pro-European government stepped in and that Manafort consulted the Party of Regions for the 2014 parliamentary election and visited Ukraine past year. Manafort told Yahoo News that the AP's account was wrong.
In a statement on Friday, Trump said he had accepted Manafort's resignation.
Manafort had brought in to make the Trump campaign a bit more professional after his success in the primaries, but the campaign has so far sputtered on the national stage.
Manafort shot down the allegations calling them "unfounded, silly and nonsensical", and accused the New York Times of political bias. These exchanges were first reported by the New York Times."He was asked and he indeed tendered his resignation today", Conway said Friday on WABC radio.
Gates directed the Washington lobbying firms to set up meetings between a top Ukrainian official and senators and congressmen on influential committees involving Ukrainian interests.
The effort included not just legislative outreach but also attempts to sway American public opinion and gather political intelligence on competing, lobbying efforts in the US.
The investigation is broad and is looking into whether United States companies and the financial system were used to aid alleged corruption by the party of former president Viktor Yanukovych.
Coupled with Trump's own frustrations, the family's souring on Manafort's leadership created an atmosphere that was less supportive, though not hostile, of the operative, the aides said.
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