A Tuesday filing submitted to the Justice Department by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort formally acknowledged his lobbying work for a group tied to Ukraine’s Party of Regions.
According to The Washington Post, the 87-page document submitted retroactively by Manafort reportedly listed his individual meetings with policymakers intended to influence U.S. interactions with Ukraine and payments from the client, among other information.
The documents revealed that Manafort’s firm received $17.1 million from the political party for work completed between 2012 and 2014. During that time, Manafort and his associate Rick Gates led a campaign to improve the image of pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was eventually ousted from office by protests in the country.
The work disclosed in the filing—involving Russia and the Party of Regions—became an underlying reason that Manafort was dismissed from the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016.
Manafort is among several Trump campaign associates reportedly facing scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Jason Maloni, Manafort’s spokesperson, told The Hill that Tuesday’s filing was unrelated to the ongoing Russia probe.
“Paul’s primary focus was always directed at domestic Ukrainian political campaign work, and that is reflected in today’s filing. Paul has appreciated the professionalism and guidance of the FARA unit throughout this process,” Maloni said in a statement.
Maloni contended that Manafort began preparing the documents in September “before the outcome of the election and well before any formal investigation of election interference began.”
According to The Hill, “The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) covers any lobbying, consulting and public relations work intended to influence U.S. foreign policy on behalf of a sovereign foreign nation, political party or foreign government official.”
Manafort and his former son-in-law, Jeffrey Yohai, are also reportedly under scrutiny by federal investigators for allegedly defrauding investors in a series of million-dollar real estate deals.
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