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[DIGEST: Politico, New York Times]

This morning, Paul Manafort, the chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, denied allegations that he'd received $12.7 million in cash payments from Ukraine's former ruling party between 2007 and 2012. The report, published in the New York Times yesterday, asserts that the money could be part of an illegal, off-the-books system. "Once again, the New York Times has chosen to purposefully ignore facts and professional journalism to fit their political agenda, choosing to attack my character and reputation rather than present an honest report,” Manafort said in a statement obtained by NBC. "The simplest answer is the truth. I am a campaign professional. It is well known that I do work in the United States and have done work on overseas campaigns as well... The suggestion that I accepted cash payments is unfounded, silly, and nonsensical." While it is still unclear if Manafort received payments, prosecutors suggest that Manafort “must have realized the implications of his financial dealings.”

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