President Trump’s former campaign leader Paul Manafort is being accused of laundering money from the party of Ukraine’s Kremlin-backed former president, the Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing documents from a Ukraine lawmaker.
Using documents found following the revolution in 2014, Serhiy Leshchenko alleges that Manafort paid himself $750,000 out of the party’s slush fund by forging invoices in a ledger to Belize.
“I have found during this investigation that [Manafort] used offshore jurisdictions and falsified invoices to get money from the corrupt Ukrainian leader,” Leshchenko reportedly said.
Manafort advised Ukraine’s former president, Viktor Yanukovych, who is known for his connections to the Kremlin. Yanukovych was ousted from his position during the country’s 2014 revolution.
Manafort resigned from heading Trump’s presidential campaign in August after briefly serving as its campaign manager during the summer of 2016.
Manafort on Monday on Monday denied any ties to or contact with the Russian government after the FBI confirmed it is investigating Trump allies’ alleged links to Moscow.
The White House on Monday said Manafort played only a “limited role” in the campaign, seeking to distance itself from him after FBI Director James Comey’s testimony.