It’s long been known that former Trump adviser Paul Manafort worked closely with the pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych during at least the final years of Yanukovych’s tenure.
There is even an active FBI investigation underway into allegations that Manafort received millions upon millions of dollars in secret cash payments from Yanukovych’s government.
Manafort, unsurprisingly, has denied the allegations, but the allegations are evidently substantive enough to draw the attention of the FBI. It’s not immediately clear what the ramifications would be should the FBI determine that the allegations against Manafort are true. Remember, Manafort was a key figure in Donald Trump’s rise to power and Manafort’s buddy Yanukovych was backed by Russia. Manafort was Donald Trump’s second of what turned out to be three campaign managers, and was forced to resign that post after the allegations of the secret cash payments came out.
It’s already long been public knowledge that Manafort was a “political consultant” to Yanukovych, which is bad enough in itself, but the allegations of secret cash payments for this “consultancy” work were apparently the last straw, forcing Manafort to abandon his position.
Notably, as a separate issue, the infamous opposition research which birthed the “golden showers” collection of allegations about Trump, say that Manafort was a key figure in the cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. This allegation has not been proven.
There are now a new set of allegations out against Manafort — not only was he allegedly secretly a major financial beneficiary of Ukraine’s former Russia-backed regime, but he even participated in having pro-Western, ostensibly anti-Russia protesters shot to death by police while Manafort’s buddy Yanukovych was still in power.
These allegations come from texts that were supposedly stolen from the phone of Manafort’s daughter, Andrea.
Andrea allegedly wrote the following about her father in what CNN calls an “angry series of texts to her sister”:
‘He has no moral or legal compass. You know he has killed people in Ukraine? Knowingly. Remember when there were all those deaths taking place. A while back. About a year ago. Revolts and what not. Do you know whose strategy that was to cause that, to send those people out and get them slaughtered.’
These texts have not been confirmed as actually coming from Andrea Manafort’s phone.
However, these aren’t the first texts to surface that allegedly came from her phone, and Paul himself confirmed earlier leaks to be accurate. The earlier leaks consisted of texts from a supposedly unknown interest threatening Manafort with the information about the secret payments he allegedly received before that information was released to the public.
A Ukrainian human rights lawyer representing the victims of those killings wants those texts investigated, to determine Manafort’s level of involvement. The violence in question took place in the final months of Yanukovych’s time as president of the Ukraine.
Manafort refused to comment on these newest leaks, instead responding to CNN’s request for comment by stating, simply, “Comment on what. There is nothing.”