Emails obtained by The Associated Press show reveal that Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates worked as foreign agents for Russian interests.
A firm run by Manafort directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government, the report says.
The emails show that Gates personally directed the work of two prominent Washington lobbying firms in the matter through Manafort’s political consulting firm.
The lobbying included attempts to gain positive press coverage of Ukrainian officials and undercutting American public sympathy for the imprisoned rival of Ukraine’s then-president.
Today, Manafort was forced to step down as Trump’s campaign chairman After the AP reported earlier this week that he helped the Ukrainian political party secretly route at least $2.2 million to the two Washington lobbying firms.
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H/T: Associated Press.