Paul Manafort has been a hot topic lately recently given his involvement in the Trump campaign and their ties to Russia, and this just got worse for him. Paul Manafort is looking at a Connecticut bar investigation for his involvement in foreign state affairs.
Just a few weeks ago Politico reported, Manaforts’ connections to Russia are coming more and more to light because of hacked cell phone messages from members of his immediate family:
The texts, posted on a darknet website run by a hacktivist collective, appear to show Manafort’s family fretting about the ethics, safety and consequences of his work for Yanukovych. And they reveal that Manafort’s two daughters regarded their father’s emergence as a key player on Trump’s presidential campaign with a mixture of pride and embarrassment.
In one exchange, daughter Jessica Manafort writes “Im not a trump supporter but i am still proud of dad tho. He is the best at what he does.” Her sister Andrea Manafort responded by referring to their father’s relationship with Trump as “The most dangerous friendship in America,” while in another exchange she called them “a perfect pair” of “power-hungry egomaniacs,” and asserted “the only reason my dad is doing this campaign is for sport. He likes the challenge. It’s like an egomaniac’s chess game. There’s no money motivation.”
By contrast, the Manafort daughters and their mother seemed much more unsettled about Paul Manafort’s work as a political consultant for Yanukovych’s Russia-backed Party of Regions, which is a subject of renewed interest among investigators probing possible links between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
In one March 2015 exchange that appears to be between the two sisters, Andrea Manafort seems to suggest that their father bore some responsibility for the deaths of protesters at the hands of police loyal to Yanukovych during a monthslong uprising that started in late 2013.
“Don’t fool yourself,” Andrea Manafort wrote. “That money we have is blood money.”
In another hacked exchange a few months later with someone else, Andrea Manafort wrote that her father’s “work and payment in Ukraine is legally questionable.”
It was further reported that Manafort “confirmed that he’d received messages that may have come from an anti-corruption Ukrainian lawmaker threatening to expose Manafort’s alleged financial ties to Yanukovich.”
Fast forward a few weeks and we now have this development as exclusively reported by investigative journalist Grant Stern.
A Massachusetts lawyer J. Whitfield Larrabee has submitted a 63-page complaint against Manafort. Larrabee says “Mr. Manafort is a lobbyist for dictators and torturers. He has ice running through his veins. His own daughter described the family as living on “blood money.” It is not surprising that Manafort was Trump’s campaign manager at a time when the Russians were working to steal our democracy.”
Shortly after receiving his letter the Connecticut decided to investigate. If the lawyers decide there’s something worth taking further they can conduct a public hearing. If any of what Larrabee says in his letter holds true, they will be moving on to a public hearing soon.
— J Whitfield Larrabee (@jwlarrabee) April 25, 2017
From at least 2005 to the present, and on other dates, Manafort engaged in unethical and illegal conduct that make him unfit to practice law. He has done damage to the processes of government by illegally concealing his efforts to advance the interests of foreign and autocratic governments. He has engaged in unethical and illegal acts by accepting millions of dollars in payments that he knew or should have known were stolen or illegally obtained from the people of Ukraine or others.
He engaged in unethical and illegal acts by failing to return stolen or misappropriated funds when he knew that they were stolen or illegally obtained and that the government of Ukraine was investigating the theft of those funds. He engaged in deceptive, unethical and illegal acts intended to conceal the origins of funds that were stolen or illegally obtained from the people of Ukraine and others. He engaged in unethical and illegal acts when he made false statements in an effort to cover up these activities.
Manafort’s license to practice law in Connecticut aids him in pursuing unethical and illegal activities by cloaking him with the prestige of the legal profession. In order to maintain the integrity of the legal profession, it is necessary to revoke his license to practice law.
Paul Manafort is a shady man, working for a shady man. It won’t take long for them to uncover even more than what is mentioned in the letter. It was only a matter of time before all of this caught up to him.