Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager has elected to testify before the House Intelligence Committee. The committee, which is set up to investigate various issues such as Russian involvement in the 2016 as well as leaked classified information on President Trump’s administration, will hear the former campaign manager discuss his alleged activities while working for a Ukranian campaign in the early 2000’s. Manafort has also volunteered to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee as well.
From the New York Times:
The chairman, Representative Devin Nunes, Republican of California, said Mr. Manafort had volunteered to appear before the committee as it conducts an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election. Jason Maloni, Mr. Manafort’s spokesman, confirmed the announcement.
“Mr. Manafort instructed his representatives to reach out to committee staff and offer to provide information voluntarily regarding recent allegations about Russian interference in the election,” Mr. Maloni said in a statement. “As Mr. Manafort has always maintained, he looks forward to meeting with those conducting serious investigations of these issues to discuss the facts.”
Mr. Manafort has offered to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee as well, according to a Senate official who requested anonymity to discuss committee business.
The AP recently published a story containing a document that shows Paul Manafort making statements about aiding the Putin government:
“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,” Manafort wrote in the 2005 memo to Deripaska. The effort, Manafort wrote, “will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government investigation of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, crossed the Atlantic earlier this year to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, once known as a haven for money laundering by Russian billionaires.
Treasury agents in recent months obtained information connected to Manafort’s transactions from Cypriot authorities, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly. The request was part of a federal anti-corruption probe into Manafort’s work in Eastern Europe. The Cyprus attorney general, one of the country’s top law enforcement officers, was also aware of the American request.
Manafort was Trump’s unpaid campaign chairman from March until August last year, during the critical run-up to the Republican National Convention. He’s been a leading focus of the U.S. investigation into whether Trump associates coordinated with Moscow to meddle in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Will this lead anywhere? Who knows.
Paul Manafort worked on the Trump campaign for about 6 months where he was instrumental in setting up a campaign framework as well as whipping delegates for Trump. Once Mr. Manafort served his purpose he left the campaign.
Stay tuned for more details.