Ukraine does not get the response of the US to the requests on the case of Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Trump as Sergy Horbatyuk, the Head of Special Investigations at the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported to Reuters.
According to Horbatyuk, the Prosecutor's Office sent the requests in 2014 and 2015 to question Manafort but Ukraine did not receive any response. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) earlier assured that the requests would be met.
Horbatyuk claimed that it was possible to get all necessary information back in 2015 or 2016 but there was no cooperation between US and Ukraine.
“I would not say that we are upset, I would not say officially that we are upset, but it’s not clear why it is so', he said.
At the moment Horbatyuk investigates two cases related to Manafort. The first one deals with embezzlement of the Justice Ministry funds, allocated for an American law firm, preparing a report “Tymoshenko vs Ukraine” on her illegal arrest. The second one investigated the black accountancy case.
As 112 International reported, in Ukraine, Manafort worked as a political consultant for the infamously known ex-President Viktor Yanukovych. Among other things, he was helping the then president file a report which would justify the imprisonment of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
As it was reported earlier, the FBI is investigating whether Manafort and the consulting firms he led earned between $80 million and $100 million over a decade from pro-Moscow Ukrainian and Russian clients.
There has also been information that he received around $60 million from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, laundering the money through his companies in Cyprus.