Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort wanted to turn “Obama jews” against former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko as part of his lobbying work on behalf of a Ukrainian political party, according to federal prosecutors.
Manafort and his firm sought to discredit Tymoshenko in the United States, who garnered international support after being imprisoned by Manafort’s client, former President Viktor Yanukovych.
Manafort reached a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to two charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in exchange for his cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort sought to turn what he termed “Obama jews” against former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko as part of his lobbying work for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, according to a Friday indictment prosecutors filed in federal court.

Manafort struck a cooperation deal with federal prosecutors on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Friday. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of obstruction of justice, two weeks before he was set to be tried on those and other charges in the District of Columbia.

The superseding criminal information document filed in court details Manafort’s lobbying activities on behalf of Yanukovych and the Party of Regions, which he pleaded guilty to conducting without registering himself as a foreign agent with the US State Department.

The Yanukovych administration prosecuted and imprisoned Tymoshenko in 2011 for an energy pipeline contract she signed with Russia, but several Western nations, including the United States, argued that the trial was politically motivated and spoke out in support of Tymoshenko.

Part of Manafort’s efforts included proliferating the claim that Tymoshenko was part of an anti-Semitic political party. His aim was to galvanize “Obama jews,” apparently referring to former President Barack Obama’s Jewish …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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