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Trump Advisor Resigns! He Worked For Pro-Russian Ukraine President

Manafort said, “I don’t want to be a distraction for the campaign.”

Paul Manafort has just resigned from his position as campaign chairman.

We found out earlier this week that secret ledgers which detailed transactions supposedly used to influence election officials in Ukraine show $12.7 million in cash payments to Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, from his client former President of Ukraine Viktor F. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party.

Manafort has since denied these allegations, but emails obtained by the Associated Press show that a firm run by Manafort covertly tried to influence the American public’s opinion, to sway people to favor Ukraine’s pro-Russian government. 

The significance of these revelations lies in Manafort and Gates’ major roles in steering the Trump campaign.

This week, Trump announced a new campaign organization, but the two hadn’t lost their influence much as a result of the revelations about their involvement with pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians, despite recent criticisms in the media over Trump’s unusual relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Now, Paul Manafort has resigned from his position in the campaign. Whether it is over his failure to tone Trump down, or because of his involvement in this particular scandal, is unknown.

Trump released a statement saying, “This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign. I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”