Trump and Manafort Laundered Tens of Millions
Investigative Series Two
DONALD TRUMP & PAUL MANAFORT
Laundering money into the Trump Organization
Our second profile of Trump’s business associates concerns the Russo/Ukrainian connections of Trump’s business partner Paul Manafort, the former Washington lobbyist who served as Donald Trump’s national campaign director from April 2016 to August 2016. Manafort served as the link between Trump and the dubious pro-Russian Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash. Firtash has strong ties with Trump’s Ukrainian/Russian business partner, mob boss Semion Mogilevich, who in turn maintains very strong links to Putin.
In 2008, Manafort and Firtash teamed up with Trump to purchase the Drake Hotel in New York for up to $850 million, with Firtash agreeing to invest $112 million. The key point of the deal was not to make a carefully-planned investment in real estate, but to simply launder millions of dollars from Firtash and Putin, with Mogilevich acting as a “silent partner” to channel millions of dollars worth of payments from Ukraine’s Russian-backed president, Viktor Yanukovych into the Trump Organization. Manafort began working for Yanukovych in 2004 and grew to be an influential figure in Ukraine who acted as the President’s unofficial agent.
Manafort joins the team
Manafort would join the Trump campaign in March 2016, during a turbulent period in the Trump campaign last summer, when Trump shook up his team’s leadership structure to make Manafort campaign manager only for him to resign in August of 2016 in response to press investigations into his ties not only to Firtash, but to Ukraine’s previous pro-Russian Yanukovych government. However, by this time the millions of dollars of consulting income Manafort had received from Firtash, Putin, and Yanukovych had already been successfully laundered into the Trump Organization.
Manafort gathers the secret money
Over most of a decade beginning in 2005, Manafort held lucrative consulting contracts with Firtash, Putin, and Yanukovych and at least two other Ukrainian billionaires with ties to the Trump Organization. Manafort held a consulting gig in the Ukraine in 2005 for the country’s richest oligarch, mining billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, who has been credited with introducing him to Yanukovych. By this time Manafort had already forged business ties with Dmytro Firtash, the billionaire gas mogul who supported Yanukovych. In fact Firtash once acknowledged to the U.S. ambassador in Kiev that early in his career he had gotten a helping hand from Semyon Mogilevich, a powerful mob boss and Trump business partner in the Ukraine.
Manafort dodges getting caught
At this same time the Justice Department and FBI were looking into whether or not some of Manafort’s political and business consulting in the Ukraine and for all of his Russian oligarchs ran afoul of the Foreign Agents Registration Act which would have required Manafort to register as a foreign agent on behalf of the Ukraine or Russia and whether he failed to do so. At this same point in time, a New York Times story exposed a secret ledger showing $12.7 million in allegedly off-the-books payments to Manafort from President Yanukovych. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that Manafort had also signed a contract in 2006 to consult for a Russian billionaire, aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, worth $10 million annually. Deripaska is known to have close ties to Putin.
In 2006 and 2007 alone, Manafort and the Trump Organization had 10 businesses and about 15 bank accounts in Cyprus through which Manafort bought nearly $8 million in real estate, including a $3.7 million condominium in New York’s Trump Towers, Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, home and Trump’s Manhattan condo for his daughters. Property records show that Manafort paid cash for all three homes which went directly to Trump, two of which were purchased in corporate names.
Manafort pulls off the scam
Why were Manafort and Trump using Cyprus, which has long been associated with Russian money laundering?” When someone is conducting transactions in a complicated way, using shell corporations, using offshore bank accounts or using accounts in countries where they otherwise aren’t doing any business, it suggests circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception that there may be a motive to conceal or disguise something being coordinated with Russian officials by Trump and/or the Trump Organization.
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Investigative Series Two
Series Two-Article 1 Titled: “We The People and Trump’s Private Russian Connections Introduction”
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Series One-Article 1 Titled: “This is a fight we have to win!”
Series One-Article 2 Titled: “We must change what we are fighting for!”
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Paul Cogan is a writer for the republicandirtytricks.com and is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him by following him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/paul.f.cogan.
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