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The Wall Street Journal: New questions raised over Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s ties to Ukraine, Russia

Before Republican Donald Trump picked him to direct his run at the White House, Paul Manafort’s last high-profile client was former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a tainted candidate whom Manafort helped transform into a winning one — for a time.

In Ukraine, Manafort navigated around the egos of tycoons and politicians; he hammered out a message that was part economic, part tribal; and he shepherded campaigns through rocky times.

For Manafort’s allies, his work with Yanukovych in Ukraine is evidence of his steady hand and skill under pressure: He revived a candidate who had lost a disputed election in 2004, defeating a political rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, who is known as a fearsome campaigner.

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