Paul Manafort’s ties with Russia are deeper than previously reported. After the February 2014 fall of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych--a pro-Kremlin leader who won office with the help of Manafort, the former Trump aide traveled to Kiev 19 times over the course of 20 months working for the pro-Russian Opposition Block party. Manafort resigned on August 19, 2016, when a New York Times report found that investigators were looking into $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from Yanukovych. CNN reported that last July FBI agents raided Manafort's home in northern Virginia, seizing documents that included financial and tax records, which were then submitted to Senate intelligence committee investigators.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.