Leaked documents have claimed that Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, once worked for a Russian billionaire to benefit Vladimir Putin.
Manafort allegeldy suggested a political strategy which would undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, according to The Independent.
In 2005 Manafort proposed a strategyto influence business, politics, and news coverage of Russian affairs in both America and Europe, because the Russian-American relationship was worsening.
In a memo written to an ally of the Russian president, Oleg Deripaska, he reportedly said: “We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success."
The Associated Press obtained business records which suggested that Manafort then signed a $10 million (£8 million) contract with Deripaska’s firm in 2006.
They then continued their business relationship until 2009, according to reports.
The Trump administration has claimed Manafort never worked for the Kremlin’s interests. However last year he was asked to resign as Trump’s campaign chairman because it was found that he organised a Washington lobbying operation until 2014 for Ukraine's pro-Russian political party.
This is believed to have made him one of the leading focuses of the FBI investigation into Trump's links with Russia.