(FREE BEACON) The Ukrainian government set aside millions of dollars in cash payments for Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, while he was a political consultant in the country, the New York Times reported late Sunday.

Ukrainian anti-corruption investigators found in a secret ledger that former president Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party designated $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments for Manafort between 2007 and 2012.

Investigators claimed the money was part of an “illegal off-the-books” payment system operated by Yanukovych’s government, which employed Manafort as a consultant at the time, the New York Times reported.

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