According to a new bombshell report by NBC News, former campaign manager for President Trump, Paul Manafort, had a $60 million relationship with a Russian oligarch with ties to the Kremlin, making his connection to the Russian government much stronger than have been previously reported.
An investigation conducted by NBC News revealed that a Cyprus-based company tied to Manafort received an additional $26 million in the form of a loan from Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin.
The loan brings the total of their known business dealings to around $60 million over the past decade, according to financial documents filed in Cyprus and the Cayman Islands, NBC News reports.
Manafort was forced to resign from the Trump campaign in August 2016, following allegations of improper financial dealings, charges he has strenuously denied. He is now a central figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
In July, FBI agents seized documents and “other materials,” during a pre-dawn raid at a house owned by Manafort. Investigators have said they are looking into his financial ties to prominent figures in Russia.