Ukraine’s anti-corruption agency confirmed the details of a report saying that Paul Manafort, the chair of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was listed in a “black ledger” as receiving $12.7 million in cash payments from the ousted leader’s party. Authorities haven’t determined if he received the money. Mr. Manafort denied the allegations, The Wall Street Journal reports.
“Someone who has had such close relations with notorious kleptocrats doesn’t belong anywhere near any of our presidential candidates,” Charles Davidson, executive director of Kleptocracy Initiative at Hudson Institute, told Eli Lake in April.
Michael McFaul (above), former U.S. ambassador to Russia [and a former Reagan-Fascell fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy], discusses the need for transparency and accountability here.