It’s long been established that Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort previously ran the Ukrainian presidential campaign of Kremlin puppet Viktor Yanukovich. It’s also long been alleged that Manafort took millions of dollars in illegal secret payments from the Kremlin during that campaign. But now CNN is reporting that, according to his own daughter, Manafort killed people in Ukraine as a political strategy to help Yanukovich.
The text messages of Paul Manafort’s daughter Andrea Manafort have been hacked and released publicly. In one of them, she alleges that her father masterminded a strategy to send Ukrainian citizens out to protest, knowing that the police would mow them down. And she didn’t mince words about it in a series of texts to her sister: “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.”
This has prompted a Ukrainian human rights attorney to launch a probe into Paul Manafort’s role in the death of those protesters, and he’s asked Ukrainian government prosecutors to do the same. The government there has long wanted to charge Yanukovich himself for the deaths of the protesters, but that’s been fruitless because he’s been hiding in Russia since he was ousted from power. So now that Paul Manafort’s own daughter has alleged that he was behind the plot to get the protesters killed, it’s not a surprise to see Ukraine going after Manafort.
Manafort is also under investigation in the United States by the FBI, both for the payments he allegedly took from the Kremlin while working for Yanukovich, and for the role he appears to have played in colluding with the Kremlin as part of the Trump-Russia scandal. CNN has the full report on the effort by Ukraine. Contribute to Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report