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Ukraine lawmaker claims Manafort tried to hide $750K payment

Mar 22, 2017 - Chicago Tribune

A Ukrainian lawmaker on Tuesday released a document that he said links President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to attempts to hide a $750,000 payment from a pro-Russia political party -- a claim denied by Manafort's spokesman.

Serhiy Leshchenko published a 2009 invoice purportedly signed by Manafort that shows a $750,000 payment for 501 computers to a company called Davis Manafort. The money came from a Belize-registered offshore company via a bank in Kyrgyzstan.

Leshchenko said the contract was a cover for payments made to Manafort for work he did for the pro-Russian Party of the Regions in Ukraine, which backed former Russia-friendly Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country amid anti-government protests in 2014. The Associated Press was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the doc...