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 Paul Manafort resigns as Donald Trump's campaign chairman after being involved in Party of Regions' off-the-book financial schemes

Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort has resigned, in the latest convulsion to sweep a candidacy reeling from poor poll numbers and self-inflicted controversy.

Censor.NET reports citing The Guardian.

The veteran political strategist has been under mounting scrutiny of his own as more details emerged of his role in advising foreign politicians, including President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort has been the subject in the last two weeks of multiple reports exploring his work as a lobbyist for a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine, work that the Associated Press reported extended to stealth donations to US lobbying firms - illegal under federal law.

Read more: "He was one of many consultants," MP Muraiev on Manafort's work for Party of Regions, Opposition Bloc

"This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign," said a statement from the Trump campaign issued on Friday morning.

"I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success," the statement reads.

Read more: Money for Manafort was most often received by former Party of Regions MP Kaliuzhnyi, - MP Leshchenko

As reported, Paul Manafort was mentioned in Party of Regions' off-the-book records investigated by Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau.

Earlier, Petro Poroshenko Bloc (PPB) MP Serhii Leshchenko and journalists Anton Marchuk and Sevhil Musaieva-Borovyk published some of the documents proving the existence of Party of Regions' slush funds. According to the materials, the Party of Regions spent $66 million on political corruption over the second half of 2012.

Even earlier, ex-Deputy Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Trepak said he had given the information about Party of Regions' slush funds to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n402438