New indictment documents issued by prosecutors revealed new details of the efforts of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to get involved in unofficial efforts to pressure the US government. UU On behalf of a Ukrainian political party.
Manafort accumulated $ 60 million in more than a decade, admitted in his guilty plea on Friday, hiding his earnings, avoiding taxes, and opening buttons to lawmakers and agency officials on behalf of the pro-Moscow government without declaring that his influence was disguised works.
A key element involved the creation of the & # 39; Habsburg Group, composed of European officials, as part of the lobbying campaign, and the European Center for Modern Ukraine in Brussels as a form of & # 39; distancing the Ukraine lobby, the government said.
However, Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates noted that their "client" had an embassy in Washington, which means that the real client was the Ukrainian government.
New indictment documents issued by prosecutors revealed new details of the efforts of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to get involved in unofficial efforts to pressure the US government. UU On behalf of a Ukrainian political party
An employee of the participating company said the lobbying was on behalf of the center "by name only."
The employee added: & # 39; It's like Alice in Wonderland & # 39;
An employee of another company called it "a vine leaf" and the Party of the Regions of Ukraine as "a vine leaf on a fig leaf".
The employee in an email referred to the Center as the "European hot dog stand for modern Ukraine".
Although Manafort did not sign up as a lobbyist, he wrote detailed memoranda to Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych summarizing his own efforts and those of a group of lobbyists.
"The purpose of this memorandum is to design a plan to manage strategy, public relations and international affairs for President Yanukovych," Manafort wrote in a February 2010 memo to the Ukrainian president.
Manafort drew up a plan to create a European Center for Modern Ukraine in Brussels. An employee of the company in an email referred to the Center as the "European hot dog stand for modern Ukraine".
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He took measures to "sully" Yanukovich's predecessor, Yulia Tymoshenko, the political rival Yanukovich had imprisoned.
A newly revealed document showed that Manafort & # 39; orchestrated a plan to have … & # 39;[O]Bama Jews pressured the administration to support Yanukovych and "disavow" his rival, Tymoshenko.
This involved publishing stories that a senior Cabinet official & # 39; He previously criticized Yanukovych's support for anti-Semitism because the official supported Tymoshenko, who in turn had formed a political alliance with a Ukrainian party that espoused anti-Semitic views.
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The government accused Manafort & # 39; coordinated in private with a senior Israeli government official & # 39; to issue a statement publishing the story.
& # 39; I have someone pushing him in the NY Post. Bada bing bada boom, "he wrote.
He sought to have the administration "I understand that the Jewish community will take care of Obama on election day if he does not do anything," prosecutors said.
When Congress adopted a resolution to criticize Yanukovych, Manafort "participated in a total campaign to try to kill or delay the approval of this resolution," prosecutors said. He directed the lobbyists for a senator to "control" the legislation, but they did not reveal they were working for Ukraine.
Manafort used funds hidden in Cyprus to buy a $ 2.9 million Soho condo, charging thousands per week on Airbnb
He described a 2013 lunch with Congressman Ed Royce, who is the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and described him as "very understanding of our opinions and possibly willing to help."
He met with Representative Robert Aderholt, who according to Manafort was "minimally interested in Tymoshenko but understood the Russian problem and was very concerned about Russian tactics on the supply of natural gas."
Lobbying and organization threw millions into payments, but Manafort tried to protect the money. He created a network of accounts abroad.
In one instance, he used funds hidden in Cyprus to buy a $ 2.9 million Soho condo, charging thousands per week on Airbnb. It is one of the properties that the government forces you to resign under the terms of your guilty plea.
He paid $ 3 million in cash from Cyprus to buy a brownstone house in Brooklyn.
Manafort cheated the government with $ 15 million in taxes, he admitted.
The government charges documents describe Manafort's elaborate plan to help Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, photographed here with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Manafort also led efforts to discredit Yanukovich's political rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, who was imprisoned after the political rival took power.
He disguised as & # 39; loans & # 39; more than $ 13 million from entities in Cyprus, according to the government's criminal information. He used a "loan" of $ 1.5 million to buy a property on Howard Street in Soho, avoiding having to declare it as income.
It was one of the multiple loans that were frauds designed to fraudulently reduce the taxable income of Manafort & # 39;
He took steps to make his Ukrainian lobbying "as secret as possible."
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An employee whose company was hired by Manafort in an email referred to the Center as the "hot dog stand for modern Ukraine".
Manafort undertook a strange plan to pressure the Obama administration to disseminate stories and make Yanukovych's political rival look bad. Coordinated with a senior Israeli government official to boost the story
In 2013, he directed lobbyists to "write and broadcast in the United States the news that Tymoshenko had paid for the murder of a Ukrainian official."
He claimed that he should be pushed with "no fingerprints."
He emphasized: "It's very important to have no connection." A lobbyist opposed, but the people & # 39; D1 & D2 & # 39; finally they met. He did not disclose the lobbying.
Manafort "knew it was illegal" to lobby the government without registering, he knew he was pushing for Ukraine, "intentionally" led a multimillion-dollar lobbying campaign without registering and took steps to keep it "as secret as possible," according to the guilty plea that signed
The effort led by Manafort "put pressure on dozens of members of Congress, their staff, White House and State Department officials on Ukraine's sanctions, the validity of the Ukrainian elections and the correction of the imprisonment of President Yanukovich, Tymoshenko , his presidential rival, "according to criminal information