Secret ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Donald Trump's campaign manager from the administration of former Ukrainian President Viktor F. Yanukovych, The New York Times reported Sunday.
Paul Manafort, who joined Trump's presidential campaign in March, was a former consultant for the Party of Regions — Yanukovych's now-defunct pro-Russian political party. But the reported payments, from 2007 to 2012, may be part of an illegal off-the-books system, the Times said.
In a statement Monday, Manafort called the report "unfounded, silly and nonsensical." He added that he had never taken an "off-the-books cash payment" nor worked for the governments of Ukraine or Russia.