Report Says Cyprus Gave Mueller Documents On Manafort

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, left, leaves his home in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NICOSIA – Cypriot officials gave documents about former US President Donald Trump campaign Chairman, the now indicted Paul Manafort’s financial activities to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Citing people familiar with Mueller’s investigation, the financial news agency Bloomberg  reported that Cyprus gave the documents, also including information about Manafort’s associate Robert Gates, just before their indictments.

The 12-count indictment, stemming from Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the Presidential election, charges Manafort and Gates with money laundering and conspiracy among other counts.  The charges are related to work Manafort and Gates did for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

The documents were shared in response to a June request for information about Manafort’s financial activities, according to Bloomberg, but probes into Manafort-linked bank accounts in Cyprus began as early as March.

The indictment against Manafort and Gates alleges that they funneled more than $75 million through foreign bank accounts in Cyprus and other countries. According to a Bloomberg source, the duo had at least 15 accounts with Cypriot banks.

The Cypriot government was responding to a June 7 request from U.S. investigators for records related to Manafort, Gates and companies they set up in Cyprus and the Seychelles, the people said. The pair of U.S. consultants had at least 15 accounts on Cyprus with Bank of Cyprus and a bank it took over in 2013, Cyprus Popular Bank, one of the people said.