Ukrainian legislator claims ex-Trump aide laundered payments to Russia

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According to the Washington Post, Ukranian politician Serhiy Leschenko published documents detailing President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s alleged ties to the country’s former political establishment.

Leschenko is in possession of papers that accuse Manafort of laundering money transfers in 2014 from Ukraine’s Party of Regions, the Post reported Tuesday.

The purported journal contains a documented bill of sale between Manafort’s company and a company in Belize. With Manafort’s entity selling 501 computers at the cost of $750,000, the Party of Regions noted an equal transfer of funds into a “black ledger” slush fund meant for Manafort. The documents show that both of the $750,000 exchanges occurred on the same day.

The Party of Regions, founded by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, was derailed in 2014 following Yanukovych’s heavy leanings towards Russia. Currently enjoying asylum in Russia, Yanukovych was eventually heaved from office and is being sought on charges of corruption in Ukraine.

Manafort has maintained his lack of involvement, though The Post also reports that the 67 year-old worked for the Party of Regions for a span of 10 years. His resignation from the political organization only occurred after it was revealed that Manafort secretly received almost $13 million in compensation. Leschenko said that Manafort “used offshore jurisdictions and falsified invoices to get money from the corrupt Ukrainian leader.”

Leschenko stated in a news conference on Tuesday that he came into possession of such proof when the new tenants of Manafort’s company’s former Kiev headquarters turned over the documents. Unlocked from a safe, the papers are believed to have Manafort’s company’s insignia and his signature can be found on the documents as well.

H/T: Washington Examiner, Washington Post

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