Mueller Reveals Paul Manafort Received Loan From Russian Oligarch

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort got $10 million loan from sanctioned Russian oligarch

The key evidence of the indictment against the former head of the presidential campaign of the current head of the White house Donald trump Paul Manafort was a loan from a Russian oligarch. When searching his storage unit previous year, agents say they found records identifying the lender as "Derapaska". "The same sources report that corrupt government officials and their allies in the business community during Yanukovych's presidency looted Ukraine's public coffers of millions of dollars and funneled those assets to foreign bank accounts to hide the embezzlement", an Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit used to obtain one of the warrants says.

In an interview with FBI investigators in 2014, Gates said "that various oligarchs would chip in to pay them for their consulting work", according to the search warrant. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He has since been cooperating with prosecutors and has not yet been sentenced for the crimes. Gates was told that it was easier for the Ukrainians to pay Gates and Manafort from one Cypriot account to another Cypriot account.

The search warrants also describe questions concerning Manafort's finances that date back several years.

The link between Manafort and the influential Russian businessman disclosed on June 27 is closer than any previously uncovered by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Manafort will remain in custody until his September trial.

Deripaska has said that instead of assisting Manafort's scheme, he was its victim.

A lawsuit by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko filed in NY accusing her political opponents of racketeering alleges that Manafort met with Firtash in 2008 to scout NY real estate opportunities, specifically a plan to renovate the city's Drake Hotel for $850 million. Deripaska was sanctioned by the April.

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The FBI agent who submitted the search warrant application wrote tax returns for Manafort's company detailed the hefty loan from Deripaska. "A court-authorized search in May 2017 of a storage locker in Virginia used by Manafort revealed documents that show that the identity of the Russian lender was Deripaska".

The unsealed court filing does not make clear when Manafort got the loan or what it was for. It also confirmed that Mr. Muller is looking at Mr. Manafort's role in a July 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer.

"He is so in debt", a person whose name was redacted wrote at the time, according to the warrant documents. "Another commented that he was "$1 million off!"

The reference remains partially redacted and prosecutors don't explain it further. The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III dashes the hopes of many allies of President Donald Trump's that Ellis would deliver a crippling blow to Mueller's office and undermine the legal legitimacy of his appointment. He will also face a 18 separate criminal charges in late July at a federal court in Virginia.

Reuters was the first to report that this less-redaction version of the warrant had been unsealed.

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