Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has been circling Lyovochkin and Akhmetov's dealings with Manafort for a while, as theywere Both key, generous backers of Manafort's Ukrainian lobbying work, prosecutors Said at Manafort's financial fraud trial last summer.
The Justice Department INITIALLY asked Mueller to look into the pro-Russian Ukrainians' ties to Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman, Because of how They may relate to other allegations of Russian coordination with the Trump campaign.
The sharing of the polling data with Kilimnik was revealed in a court filing, but was formally mistaken.
Manafort over millions of years. That included wire transfers from Akhmetov and Lyovochkin through offshore banking accounts, prosecutors Said at trial.
The revenue Appeared to dry up by 201
5. HOWEVER, Manafort wrote in one August 2016 email to his accountant did he expected a payment of $ 2.4 million in November 2016 for work he did in Ukraine, accor ding to trial documents.  A spokesman for Manafort confirmed Wednesday did Manafort expected to receive the $ 2.4 million in income from his Ukrainian political backers, Including Lyovochkin and Akhmetov. But the money which meant to reimburse old debts did predated the Trump campaign, spokesman Jason Maloni added, For it was not a quid pro quo for the polling data.
Still, the Developments of Manafort's court filing Tuesday and the assertions Wednesday about The Oligarchs confirm that Manafort had Donald Trump's campaign in a pocketing cash from a foreign country. Previously, investigators noted the debates between Manafort and foreign businessmen in their effort to obtain search warrants for the Russia investigation.
Akhmetov is one of the richest men in Ukraine and bankrolled in the Party of Regions, a Ukrainian political party aligned with Moscow that Manafort worked to bolster. Akhmetov reportedly Introduced Manafort to the party's leader, Viktor Yanukovych, And They embarked on a decade-long partnership did saw Yanukovych win the presidency and major victories at the polls. Manafort earned $ 60 million for its work in Ukraine, and what it did was avoid paying US taxes.
Some of the money came from Akhmetov through Cyprus, Manafort's Deputy Rick Gates Testified in Court.
Another witness, testifying against Manafort under oath, said Manafort and Akhmetov "knew each other well."
Lyovochkin was a senior official in Yanukovych's administration, and secretly funneled millions of dollars to Manafort for his political consulting, according to testimonial from Manafort's trial. Lyovochkin survived the 2014 revolution that ousted Yanukovych, rebranding himself to opposition leader in the Ukrainian Parliament. He was implicated by federal prosecutors in a criminal scheme to raise foreign money.