Washington lobbying firm that worked for Trump advisers registers as foreign agents

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A spokesman for Paul Manafort said the former Trump campaign manager has consulted with federal authorities about whether he should register as a foreign agent because of his past political work in Ukraine, and will now take "appropriate steps in response to the guidance".

President Donald Trump's former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, formed a shell company the day he stepped down from guiding him.

The source of the money for the real estate purchases is not clear, and Mr. Manafort never filed lobbying registrations for his work in Ukraine that would have disclosed his compensation.

Manafort's spokesperson, in a statement to the AP, claims that Manafort was going to register before the 2016 election, but is now "taking appropriate steps" as a result of "formal guidance" from the USA government regarding the matter.

The White House has denied allegations of Trump colluding with the Russian government and Trump spokesman Sean Spicer has claimed Manafort had a " very limited role " in the campaign. Manafort's work for the old Ukrainian government is coming back to haunt him as documents keep emerging to allegedly show how and how much Yanukovych paid him. A lawyer for the Podesta Group said the Centre had certified in 2012 that it was not "directly or indirectly supervised, directed, controlled, financed or subsidized" by a foreign country, but that "information brought to light in recent months" prompted Podesta to review whether filing as congressional lobbyists was sufficient. But a person under that kind of scrutiny needs to make sure he's not also somehow violating of the letter of the Foreign Agents Registration Act or otherwise skirting the law.

At the time, Ukranian investigators said the ledger was evidence of off-the-book payments to Manafort; one said that a $750,000 payment (part of the $1.2 million named above) should be investigated as potential money laundering.

Manafort had previously insisted that the logbook was a fake. The bureau said it wasn't investigating Manafort because he is not a Ukrainian citizen. Manafort is not the subject of any investigation by the Ukrainian authorities.

The news agency provided to Manafort the amounts of the payments, dates and number of the bank account where they were received.

On Tuesday, Manafort called the invoice a fraud.

"The signature is not mine, and I didn't sell computers", he said in a statement. "Once again, smear and innuendo are being used to paint a false picture". It came from Graten Alliance Ltd., a company that had also been registered in Belize. It is now inactive.

According to the Times, Manafort has declined to answer specific questions about any of his loans, stating, "There is nothing out of the ordinary about them" and "I am confident anyone who isn't afflicted with scandal fever will come to the same conclusion".

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