An internal investigation in Ukraine concluded that Manafort earned larger sums than he previously reported as a political consultant in the Eastern European country.
Manafort was paid at least $28.5 million, far more than the $12.5 million reported last year, from “black money” funds run by the Party of the Regions. The party served as the pro-Kremlin political base for Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia in 2014.
There are at least two other funds the Ukrainian investigation identified, and maybe more, each allegedly supported by a different oligarch.
Ukraine’s domestic intelligence service, the SBU, infiltrated Manafort’s operation at the time he was working for Yanukovych. An internal report states that Manafort was paid $600,000 a month over four years, reaching the $28.5 million total.
Manafort and his spokesman did not return calls for comment this morning. But he has previously denied any wrongdoing. He maintains — as do his friends and supporters — that entries …