A lot of the attention surrounding the release of the latest round of documents from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has focused on what it says is evidence that Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was part of a conspiracy to steal millions of dollars from a Ukrainian political party in exchange for the services of the Ukrainian government.
Manafort and his son, Rick, are accused of funneling money to Ukrainian political parties, and then laundering it through shell companies in Cyprus and Delaware.
Manafort has denied any wrongdoing.
The FBI is also investigating Manafort and Rick’s business dealings in Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates, and Luxembourg, where they were registered, and for possible tax evasion.
The latest batch of documents comes from a separate inquiry that was opened by the House Intelligence Committee.
It was closed last week.
The documents, published on Monday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, describe Manafort and the elder Manafort’s dealings with a company called Prevezon Holdings, which Manafort’s father, Richard, co-founded in 2005 and that later merged with another company to form the political action committee VTB Holdings, a Russian-based company.
Manafort was paid about $12.5 million in 2014 and 2015, the documents show.
The elder Manafort also was paid $12 million in 2012 and 2013.
Prevegon Holdings and VTB were both founded in Cyprus.
The younger Manafort, who had been working for Prevegan Holdings, was also paid about a half-million dollars in 2012, according to the documents.
In an interview with Bloomberg in November 2016, Rick Manafort denied any Russian connection to his company, saying that he did not know of any Russian involvement in the business, but added that the elder Paul Manafort had tried to get him to invest in the company.
“He tried to have me invest in Prevegoion,” Rick Manafort said in the interview.
“It was a great idea.
And it was a dumb idea.
I have no interest in investing in a company that was owned by a Russian.”
The elder Paul and his father are currently under house arrest in Maryland, but are not currently under investigation by the FBI, the DOJ, or the Treasury Department.
The new documents are not the first time the FBI has been looking into the relationship between Manafort and VEB.
In March, the FBI released a memo detailing how it was investigating the alleged efforts of Paul Manafort to move money out of the Ukraine to the U.S. and into the hands of an American businessman, Felix Sater.
The dossier alleged that the Russian billionaire had secretly paid Manafort to have Sater’s company, Blackwater, set up shop in the U .
Sater was later convicted of multiple charges related to Russian espionage, and the company was seized by the government.
The DOJ’s Office of Public Prosecutions investigated the allegations and concluded that Sater and Blackwater “were not operating in compliance with their registration requirements and that they had engaged in illegal business conduct.”