The former head of the election headquarters of Donald trump by Paul Manafort plans to register in the US as a foreign agent. According to the Associated Press (AP), ex-Advisor to the President discussed with the authorities the status before the presidential election. SEYAS Manafort “taking appropriate steps”, received “formal advice” from the government.
At the same time, NBC reports that press Secretary Manafort Jason Maloney to question about plans to register as inherent not answered neither in the affirmative nor in the negative. He also did not specify when the “appropriate steps” will be taken.
The statement came after the Wednesday, April 12, AP reported that documents which confirm receipt of the consulting company of Manafort payments in the amount of $1.2 million, the Details of these payments coincide with the data specified in the so-called “Ukrainian book”, the book with the “black accounting” ascribed to the Party of regions of former President Viktor Yanukovych.
The money was transferred in 2007 and 2009 by the company, was at the time of the transaction in Belize.
Manafort and his representative initially called this false information. Later, former adviser to trump headquarters said that the transfers were payments for services rendered as a political consultant.
Commenting on the registration of Manafort as a foreign agent, his representative stressed that the activities of the former head of headquarters of the trump was not conducted in the interests of Russia, said AP. In addition, lobbying the Pro-Russian party Manafort do before you joined the election campaign of Republican.
Did the trump that Manafort talks about registering as inherent unknown. If Manafont will receive such status, he will become the second former member of team trump, recognized as a foreign agent. In March of this year, the documents for registration as a foreign agent filed by the former presidential adviser on national security, Michael Flynn. He resigned after it became known about his conversations with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak, the contents of which Flynn reported to the Vice-President of Pensions. Later it turned out that Flynn also worked in the interest of Turkey during and after the election campaign trump. It was reported that a former Advisor was collected for the Turkish authorities of the preacher Fethullah Gulane, which they consider as the organizer of the military coup in 2016.
The status of a foreign agent in the US is regulated by the Act on the registration of foreign agents (Foreign Agents Registration Act, FARA) enacted in 1938. In accordance with the law, persons engaged in political or quasipolitical activities as an agent of foreign institutions, should publicly disclose their relationships with them. In accordance with the law, among other things, produced the face of the “informational materials” should contain a clear indication that they spread the agent on behalf of the foreign principal. A foreign agent must obtain the appropriate status within 10 days after the consent to the implementation of Agency activities, but before committing any actions in the interests of the employer. The status of inherent does not imply restrictions on lobbying: the law speaks only about the need to register.