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Manafort Got $3.5M Mystery Mortgage, Paid No Tax

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    White House press secretary Sean Spicer answers a question from the White House press corps about President Donald Trump's statement that he is unaware of any contact between his campaign associates and Russia. Paul Manafort was, for several months, the chairman of Trump’s campaign.

    (Published Monday, March 20, 2017)

    Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort took out a $3.5 million mortgage through a shell company just after leaving the campaign, but the mortgage document that explains how he would pay it back was never filed — and Manafort's company never paid $36,000 in taxes that would be due on the loan, NBC News reported.

    In addition, despite telling NBC News previously that all his real estate transactions are transparent and include his name and signature, Manafort's name and signature do not appear on any of the loan documents that are publicly available. A Manafort spokesperson said the $3.5 million loan was repaid in December, but also said paperwork showing the repayment was not filed until he was asked about the loan by NBC News.

    News of the missing documents comes as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking a "preliminary look" at his real estate transactions, including the $3.5 million loan, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    Real estate experts contacted by NBC News called the omission "highly unusual," though not illegal.

    Manafort Secretly Worked for Russian Billionaire: Report

    [NATL] Manafort Secretly Worked for Russian Billionaire: Report

    An Associated Press investigation found that President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The investigation cites a memo purportedly written by Manafort, who acknowledged to NBC News that he worked for the billionaire but said he did not represent Russian political interests.

    (Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017)