Trump's former campaign chairman registers as foreign agent


His Foreign Agents Registration Act filing covers payments received from 2012 to 2014 for work done for the poltical party of ousted Ukrainian leader Victor Yanukovych, who fled to Russian Federation.

Paul Manafort, former campaign manager to President Donald Trump, checks the teleprompters before Trump's speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 27, 2016.

That Manafort received the money for the work for the Party of regions of former President Viktor Yanukovych, it became clear from the documents that American filed in the US justice Department in the framework of the law on registration of foreign agents. The completed form which was submitted to the Ministry of justice Manafort, it follows that in 2012-2013, his firm, for example, wrote the election program for the Party of regions, implement the campaign strategy, develop party platform and conducted an global election observation. Manafort's filing comes as the US government investigates Russia's alleged interference of the 2016 USA presidential election and any possible connection such meddling had with Trump campaign officials. "He started this process in concert with FARA's unit in September, before the outcome of the election and well before any formal investigation of election interference began", Maloni said Tuesday.

"Paul's primary focus was always directed at domestic Ukrainian political campaign work, and that is reflected in today's filing", said Maloni.

Manafort is the second former member of the Trump campaign to register as a foreign agent after former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn registered as a foreign lobbyist for work he did on behalf of the Turkish government in March 2017. The Daily Caller's Chuck Ross reported he had received $530,000 for three months' worth of work. The law allows foreign agents to file after the fact. Last summer, The New York Times reported that handwritten ledgers kept by the Kremlin-linked party showed that $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments were designated for Mr. Manafort's firm from 2007 to 2012.

Manafort's firm also acknowledged that it had some involvement with a Brussels-based nonprofit called the European Center for Modern Ukraine, saying that it provided "advice" to the entity.

Paul Manafort with Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump at the Republican National Convention in July 2016.

The filings do not cover the entire period that Mr. Manafort worked in Ukraine.

His registration came more than two months after Maloni said Manafort would be registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

The disclosures say that the cooperation of the Manafort's company and the Party of Region focused on "decentralization of power with the transmission of powers to the regions as much as possible, the building of a western-type political party and the transformation of Ukraine into the most attractive country for investment in the region". He could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Podesta Group and Mercury, other Washington firms that represented the group, also retroactively registered under FARA for their work earlier this year.