26 Views

Ukraine prosecutor says puzzled by lack of U.S. help on Manafort case

© Reuters. Serhii Horbatiuk, the head of Special Investigations at the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kiev© Reuters. Serhii Horbatiuk, the head of Special Investigations at the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kiev

By Matthias Williams and Pavel Polityuk

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine is puzzled by the lack of a U.S. response to requests it has made to question former Donald Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort as a witness over two cases involving misuse of Ukrainian state funds, the chief investigator said.

Manafort was indicted last month in Washington on charges he denies ranging from money laundering to acting as unregistered agent of former pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovich’s Party of Regions. The charges, some going back more than a decade, mention neither Trump nor his campaign.

Serhii Horbatiuk, head of special investigations at the general prosecutor’s office, told Reuters Ukraine had sent requests in 2014 and 2015 to question representatives of a law firm and Manafort.

He said Ukraine had received reassurances from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that the requests would be met, but without result.

“Of course it’s not normal,” Horbatiuk said in an interview at his office.

“I would not say that we are upset, I would not say officially that we are upset, but it’s not clear why it is so,” he said. “Even the results they have got so far, we could have got them back in 2015 or 2016 with their help. But during these years there was no cooperation for unknown reasons.”

In Washington, the FBI and the Department did not immediately respond to requests from Reuters for comment.

Horbatiuk is investigating two cases.

One relates to the suspected illegal use of Ukrainian state funds by justice ministry officials to pay a U.S. law firm for a report used to justify the imprisonment of former prime minister and political rival Yulia Tymoshenko during Yanukovich’s rule.

The second relates to a so-called ‘Black Ledger’ discovered after Yanukovich’s 2014 ouster by street protests, a book supposedly listing payments from a slush fund by Yanukovich’s Party of Regions to their associates, including Manafort.

Yanukovich denies corruption accusations.

Manafort denies all wrongdoing and in Ukraine he is at this stage only wanted as a witness.

Horbatiuk said he had not been contacted for assistance by the team of Special Council Robert Mueller, who indicted Manafort during an investigation into alleged Russian efforts to swing the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor.

Manafort’s attorney says his work for the Ukrainians ended in 2014, two years before he joined the Trump campaign.

But the indictment sheds new light on the Ukrainian cases: the allegation that Manafort used offshore accounts to funnel $4 million to pay for the Tymoshenko report was news to Horbatiuk’s team, who thought the report had cost around $1 million.

He will submit a new request for help to the U.S. within weeks.

“It is important to combine our investigations so that we can obtain information to determine the origin of this money ($4 million),” he said.

“And the general information allows us to say that the investigation could be promising provided that the law enforcement agencies of the United States and Ukraine cooperate in what we are interested in.”

Manafort joined the Trump presidential campaign in March 2016 and later became campaign manager, but he was forced to resign in August as questions emerged about his previous work for Yanukovich’s party.

sponsoredArticle = ‘div-gpt-ad-1466339494851-0’;

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

Four dead in ambush of World Food Programme convoy in Nigeria
News
350 views
News
350 views

Four dead in ambush of World Food Programme convoy in Nigeria

SPFadmin - December 21, 2017

Four dead in ambush of World Food Programme convoy in Nigeria BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Four people were killed when a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)…

Trump says not considering firing U.S. special counsel Mueller
News
299 views
News
299 views

Trump says not considering firing U.S. special counsel Mueller

SPFadmin - December 21, 2017

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: FBI Director Mueller testifies at a security threat hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, when asked on…

Diminished winds help California battle historic wildfire
News
286 views
News
286 views

Diminished winds help California battle historic wildfire

SPFadmin - December 21, 2017

© Reuters. Firefighters keep a close watch on the Thomas wildfire in the hills outside Montecito, California By Phoenix Tso VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Calming winds on…

Chilean conservative Pinera seen winning presidency: media forecast
News
294 views
News
294 views

Chilean conservative Pinera seen winning presidency: media forecast

SPFadmin - December 21, 2017

© Reuters. Chilean presidential candidate Pinera with his grandchildren and his wife Morel speaks to the media after voting in a public school during the presidential election,…

Nuclear, renewables to help French CO2 reduction goals, Macron says
News
304 views
News
304 views

Nuclear, renewables to help French CO2 reduction goals, Macron says

SPFadmin - December 21, 2017

© Reuters. French President Macron and German Chancellor Merkel give a joint news conference in Brussels PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he…

U.S. Inflation Rebound Hasn’t Been the Right Kind for This Fed
Economy
361 views
Economy
361 views

U.S. Inflation Rebound Hasn’t Been the Right Kind for This Fed

SPFadmin - December 21, 2017

© Bloomberg. The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told lawmakers on…

‘Ronaldo of finance ministers’ becomes new Eurogroup chairman
Economy
343 views
Economy
343 views

‘Ronaldo of finance ministers’ becomes new Eurogroup chairman

SPFadmin - December 21, 2017

© Reuters. Centeno, Portugal's Finance Minister and newly elected President of the Eurogroup, holds a news conference at the European Council in Brussels By Jan Strupczewski and…

Macron sees February end to fight against Islamic State in Syria
News
293 views
News
293 views

Macron sees February end to fight against Islamic State in Syria

SPFadmin - December 21, 2017

Macron sees February end to fight against Islamic State in Syria PARIS (Reuters) - The military campaign against Islamic State in Syria should be completed in February…

Oil prices stable on lower U.S. crude stocks, but rising output weighs
Commodities
300 views
Commodities
300 views

Oil prices stable on lower U.S. crude stocks, but rising output weighs

SPFadmin - December 21, 2017

© Reuters. A gas station attendant pumps fuel into a customer's car at a gas station in Shangha By Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices were…

Iran airs ‘confessions’ of researcher facing death for spying
News
134 views
News
134 views

Iran airs ‘confessions’ of researcher facing death for spying

SPFadmin - December 21, 2017

Iran airs 'confessions' of researcher facing death for spying By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian state television broadcast on Sunday what it described as the confessions…