Former Trump aid wanted in Ukraine corruption case

| Updated: Mar 19, 2017 00:06 IST

New York [USA], Mar. 18(ANI): Ukrainian prosecutors want to question US President Donald Trump's former campaign chief in connection with a corruption probe and have made repeated requests for assistance from the American authorities. According to CNN, prosecutors in Kiev said they have made seven separate appeals over the past two years for help in questioning President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Manafort, including letters to FBI Director James Comey and US Justice Department officials. Under a "mutual legal assistance" treaty, the two countries have agreed to regularly assist each other in law enforcement efforts, such as gathering statements and other evidence for prosecutions. Manafort served as Trump's campaign chief until being pushed out in August, 2016. The official requests from a special prosecution unit in Kiev started in December 2014, and involve a corruption case targeting Ukraine's former Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych. However, Manafort has not been charged with a crime. Prosecutors want him to testify, Ukraine's prosecutor for special investigations Serhiy Gorbatyuk said. According to the CNN report, Manafort currently faces an FBI investigation over millions of dollars' worth of payments he allegedly received while serving as advisor for deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort has denied those claims. (ANI)