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Hillary Clinton’s campaign slammed Paul Manafort following a Sunday night report from The New York Times claiming Donald Trump’s campaign manager accepted millions in cash payments from Ukraine while a political consultant there.
“On the eve of what the Trump campaign has billed as a major foreign policy speech, we have learned of more troubling connections between Donald Trump’s team and pro-Kremlin elements in Ukraine,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said late Sunday in the statement.
The Times reported in part: “Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from [former President Viktor F. Yanukovych] pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.”
Manafort’s lawyer, Richard A. Hibey, told the newspaper his client did not receive “any such cash payments,” The Times reported.
Clinton’s campaign called on Trump to have total transparency on the matter.
“Given the pro-Putin policy stances adopted by Donald Trump and the recent Russian government hacking and disclosure of Democratic Party records, Donald Trump has a responsibility to disclose campaign chair Paul Manafort’s and all other campaign employees’ and advisers’ ties to Russian or pro-Kremlin entities, including whether any of Trump’s employees or advisers are currently representing and or being paid by them,” Mook said in the statement.
NEW: Here’s Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook’s statement on this Manafort story pic.twitter.com/3VKJwN5ND8
— Daniel Strauss (@DanielStrauss4) August 15, 2016
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