Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort told ABC News in July that alleged Russia ties were 'absurd'

But the issue hasn't gone away.

"Are there any ties between Mr. Trump, you or your campaign and Putin and his regime?" Stephanopoulos asked on "This Week" on July 24.

"No, there are not," Manafort said with a chuckle. "It's absurd and there's no basis to it."

Such denials are in contrast to the latest allegations about ties between Manafort and Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska

And The Associated Press reported this morning there was a $10 million annual contract between Manafort and Deripaska that is believed to have started in June 2006. The business relationship lasted until 2009, the AP said, citing a source.