Paul Manafort, Trump’s Ex-Aide “Hid” $750,000 Payment

After revelations about his ties to the Ukrainian President, he was forced to resign as Trump’s campaign chairman in August 2016.

Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort has come under fire as further allegations were leveled against him. He’s now accused of getting secret funds in Ukraine.

Serhiy Leshchenko, an MP in Ukraine claimed that he had evidence that showed Mr. Manafort tried to hide a payment of $750,000 by a pro-Russian party in 2009.

The allegations were described as “baseless” by Mr. Manafort’s spokesman.

Mr. Manafort served as an adviser to Ukraine’s ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, but he denies getting any cash payment.

After revelations about his ties to the Ukrainian President, he was forced to resign as Trump’s campaign chairman in August 2016.

Mr. Manafort is among presidential associates who are currently under scrutiny for their possible contacts with the Russians during the U.S. election campaign last year.

Earlier on Monday, FBI Director James Comey admitted for the first time that the agency is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the Presidential election.

Mr. Leshchenko, who was previously an investigative journalist, published an invoice purportedly signed by Mr. Manafort, which showed a $750,000 payment to a firm called Davis Manafort for a shipment of computers.

An offshore company in Belize made the payment via a bank in Kyrgyzstan.

Mr. Leshchenko claimed that the contract was a cover for payments to Mr. Manafort for his consulting services to Mr. Yanukovych’s Party of Regions.

He also stated that the date and amount of the payment matched an entry on the so-called Black Ledgers where Mr. Manafort’s name was mentioned.

Black Ledgers are handwritten accounting books allegedly belonging to the Party of Regions.

Jason Maloni, the spokesman for Mr. Manafort, said that the latest allegations were “baseless” and should be “summarily dismissed.”

Mass protests broke out in Ukraine in 2014, during which President Yanukovych was ousted.