Trump Campaign Chief Listed in Secret Ukraine Ledger

His lawyer says he never got the $12.7M
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2016 5:32 AM CDT
Updated Aug 15, 2016 7:00 AM CDT
Ukraine Investigates Payment to Trump Campaign Boss
Donald Trump speaks during an Aug. 10 coal mining roundtable in Glade Spring, Va.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump's campaign chief may have closer—and more illegal—ties to pro-Russia interests in Ukraine than he has let on, according to a New York Times report on secret ledgers that anti-corruption investigators have uncovered in Kiev. Investigators say the ledgers list $12.7 million in payments to Paul Manafort from the pro-Russia Party of Regions between 2007 and 2012, when he worked as a consultant for the party. It isn't clear whether Manafort actually received the cash, which investigators say is linked to a network that also bribed election officials. Manafort's lawyer says his client never received the payments and any suspicions are "probably heavily politically tinged." In other coverage:

  • The Hill reports that there doesn't appear to be any love lost between Manafort and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski: Lewandowski, who was fired after clashing with Manafort, tweeted a link to the NYT Ukraine story minutes after it first appeared.

  • The AP reports that Trump plans to deliver a major foreign policy speech in Ohio Monday that will focus on "realism," with policies including destroying ISIS without engaging in "nation-building"—and on new ideological tests for people seeking to enter the US.
  • Politico reports that Trump targeted the media in a series of tweets Sunday, claiming that he would be beating Hillary Clinton by 20% if the "disgusting" media covered him honestly. "I am not only fighting Crooked Hillary, I am fighting the dishonest and corrupt media and her government protection process," he tweeted. "It is not 'freedom of the press' when newspapers and others are allowed to say and write whatever they want even if it is completely false!" he added.
  • The Wall Street Journal editorial board warned Sunday that Trump's "window for a turnaround" is closing and his GOP supporters now face a "moment of truth" before he is written off as a lost cause. "The tragedy is that this is happening in a year when Republicans should win," they write.
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