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Ivanka Trump Touring With Putin's Reported Girlfriend

| by Michael Allen

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, posted a picture of herself and Wendi Deng Murdoch sightseeing in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on Aug. 14

Deng, the ex-wife of Fox News mogul Rupert Murdoch, is rumored to be dating Russian President Vladimir Putin, noted Us Weekly.

An unidentified insider told Us Weekly in March that Putin and Deng were in a "serious" relationship.

The magazine also noted that reports of Putin and Deng have been circulating ever since they got their respective divorces a few years ago.

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Ivanka's father has encouraged Russia to hack Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's emails, and praised Putin.

The New York Times reports that the Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau recently found handwritten records in an office used by Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager, in Kiev, Ukraine.

The records reportedly that show $12.7 million was designated to Manafort while he was consulting for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Russian leader, between 2007 and 2012.

It's not clear if Manafort actually received the money, which investigators think was possibly used in an illegal off-the-books system to pay off election officials and others.

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Investigators are also investigating some offshore shell companies that allegedly assisted in helping Yanukovych’s cronies fund their rich lifestyles, including an $18 million deal involving Manafort and Oleg Deripaska, a wealthy Russian friend of Putin's.

"[Manafort] understood what was happening in Ukraine," Vitaliy Kasko, a former official with a prosecutor’s office in Kiev, Ukraine, told the newspaper. "It would have to be clear to any reasonable person that the Yanukovych clan, when it came to power, was engaged in corruption."

Manafort did not issue a response, but his attorney, Richard A. Hibey, said Manafort did not receive "any such cash payments" that investigators described.

"These are suspicions, and probably heavily politically tinged ones," Hibey added. "It is difficult to respect any kind of allegation of the sort being made here to smear someone when there is no proof and we deny there ever could be such proof."

In addition working for Yanukovych, Manafort also consulted for Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980s.

Sources: Us Weekly, The New York Times / Photo credit: Ivanka Trump/Instagram

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