Manafort says in a Justice Department filing Tuesday that his firm, DMP International, received more than $17 million from the Party of Regions, the former pro-Russian ruling party in Ukraine, for consulting work from 2012 through 2014.
A spokesman for Manafort told The Hill that the filing Tuesday was unrelated to the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.
Last fall, The Associated Press began reporting about an influence campaign that Manafort and Gates had been running through two K Street firms.
It is the latest chapter in the long-running saga connecting senior Trump officials and Russian Federation. Mr. Manafort paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a firm co-owned by a Republican pollster, Tony Fabrizio, who would later work on Mr. Trump's presidential campaign.
According to federal law, those who represent foreign political interests and aim to influence United States public opinion and policy are required to register with the Justice Department before they perform any work. Yet the document does not give any insights on Manafort's personal income from working for the party, the report added.
The Washington Post story pointed out that "Manafort is one of a number of Trump associates whose campaign activities are being scrutinized by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of a probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election".
Ukrainian prosecutors said this week they'd found no proof of illicit payments to Manafort for his work for the party.
Rohrabacher, Dobriansky and Diuk didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. During that time, Manafort and his associate Rick Gates helped advocate for Yanukovytch's interests in the United States and worked to rehabilitate the strongman's image in America, giving, per their filing, "strategic counsel and advice to members of the Party of Regions regarding their interaction with USA government officials and other Western influential persons to advance the goal of greater political and economic integration between the Ukraine and the West". Yet in 2013, during Manafort's time with the group, its leader and Ukraine's then-president rejected a deal to join the European Union, leading to massive protests and months of unrest.
In August, it was reported that emails show that Manafort's firm and Gates directed the efforts of Washington lobbying firms that were working on behalf of the center.
It had been known, based on the AP reports, that Manafort introduced the group to K Street and provided advice on Ukranian politics.
The emails show Gates directing lobbyists from Washington firm Mercury LLC to set up meetings between a top Ukrainian official and senators and congressmen on influential committees involving Ukrainian interests.