17:59 Aug. 19, 2016
Paul Manafort has come under fire for his ties to pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians and oligarchs
Paul Manafort on Friday resigned as Donald Trump's campaign chairman, after the announcement of a new leadership structure for the campaign earlier this week, Politico reports.
"This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign. I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success," Trump said in a statement.
Trump's campaign on Wednesday announced a shakeup with the addition of Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon as campaign CEO. Trump's camp framed the moves as an expansion rather than a shakeup, but they were widely seen as a demotion for Manafort, who has come under fire for his ties to pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians and oligarchs, Politico specifies.
In his personal a statement on Wednesday, Manafort hailed the additions as "respected professionals" who "will undoubtedly help take the campaign to new levels of success."
This is second change at the top of Trump's campaign in little more than two months, AP agency stresses. Trump fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in June, a time at which Manafort ascended to the top of the organization.
Yesterday Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) unveiled an explanation to the mentioning of the Paul Manafort's name in "secret accounting ledgers" of Victor Yanukovych's Party of Regions. Documents were transferred to NABU by the former first deputy of SBU chairman Victor Trepak. Among the names of the people, who took the undeclared sums of cash from the corrupt officials of Party of Regions Paul Manafort was mentioned 22 times on 19 pages. According to the lists, since November 20 2007, he was given in sum .7 million. The last entry about Manafort is dated October 5, 2012.
NABU stressed, that the presence of Manafort's name in the list does not mean that he actually got the money, because under his name there were found different signatures, so the investigation continues.