Newly unearthed evidence suggests another foreign effort tried to influence the 2016 presidential election in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Ukraine’s top prosecutor divulged in an interview on Hill.TV that he has now opened an investigation into whether Ukraine’s law enforcement intentionally leaked financial records during the 2016 presidential campaign about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in an effort to sway the election in favor of Hillary Clinton.
The leak of the “black ledger” files to U.S. media prompted Paul Manafort’s resignation from Donald Trump’s campaign.
Ukraine Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko’s probe was prompted after the Ukrainian parliamentarian released a tape recording purporting to quote a top law enforcement official saying his agency leaked the Manafort financial records to help Clinton’s campaign.
The parliamentarian has also secured a court ruling that the leak amounted to “an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign,” Lutsenko told Hill.TV.
Lutsenko said the tape recording is a serious enough to warrant opening a full probe into the matter, and one of his concerns is that the Ukrainian law enforcement agency involved had frequent contact with the Obama administration’s U.S. embassy in Kiev at the time.
“Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give a legal assessment of this information,” Lutsenko told The Hill.
How the Paul Manafort “black ledger” files got leaked to U.S. media has never been solved.
The “black ledger” files surfaced two years after the FBI investigated Manafort over his Ukraine business activities but declined to move forward in 2014 for lack of evidence.
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