Paul Manafort (Born April 1, 1949) is an American Lobbyist, Republican strategist and former Trump campaign manager.
Manafort often lobbied on behalf of controversial foreign leaders such as former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, former dictator of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos, dictator of the former Democratic Republic of the Congo Mobutu Sese Seko, and Angolan guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi.
Manafort resigned as Trump’s campaign manager over questions about his extensive lobbying overseas.
In June 27 2017 Manafort retroactively registered as a foreign agent.
In July 2017, the FBI raided Manafort’s home as part of the proble into Russian meddling in 2016 US elections.
In September 2017, the FBI confirms that Manafort was wiretapped during 2016 and 2017.
In October 2017, Manafort is charged with conspiracy to launder money.
President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, met with the Senate Intelligence Committee investigators on Tuesday July 25 to discuss the June 2016 meeting between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Donald Trump Jnr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, according to a spokesman for Mr. Manafort.
Manafort spokesman, Jason Maloni stated:
“Paul Manafort met this morning, by previous agreement, with the bipartisan staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and answered their questions fully.”
Mr. Manafort gave the investigators notes he had taken during the meeting, according to one person familiar with Tuesday’s discussion with congressional investigators at a Washington law firm.
The FBI raided Donald Trump’s campaign chief Paul Manafort’s home on July 26 as part of their probe into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US Presidential election.
A Paul Manfort spokesman said:
“FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort’s residences. Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well.”
The raid took place the day after Manafort appeared in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The Washington Post reported that:
“FBI agents working with” special counsel Robert Mueller “departed the home with various records.”
NBC News reported the search “is tied to the intense investigation” into Manafort’s “business dealings and financial relationships both in the U.S. and abroad.”
Manafort has faced significant pressure since it was revealed that he attended a meeting with Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower last year along with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner. Trump Jnr accepted the meeting after being promised incriminating information on Hillary Clinton as part of “Russia and its government’s support” for his father’s campaign, according to emails he released.
The FBI wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, CNN reported. Manafort is at the centre of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election.
Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that concerned investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with Trump’s campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s, who is leading the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the election, has been provided details of these communications.
A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centred on work undertaken for Ukraine’s former ruling party.
The surveillance was discontinued during 2016 due to lack of evidence, according to one of the sources.
The FBI then restarted the surveillance during 2016 after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early 2017.
Sources say the second warrant was part of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. FISA warrants require the approval the Justice Department and FBI officials, and the FBI must provide the court with information showing suspicion that the subject of the warrant may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.
The second FISA warrant was likely obtained because of intercepted communications between Paul Manafort and the Russians.
Paul Manafort previously has denied that he ever “knowingly” communicated with Russian intelligence operatives during the election and also has denied participating in any Russian efforts to “undermine the interests of the United States.”
Paul Manafort and business associates, Rick Gates, appeared in a Washington DC court on Monday to deny 12 charges, including conspiracy to launder money.
The former campaign manager was placed under house arrest and ordered to post a $10m (£8m) bond while Mr Gates was also placed under house arrest and ordered to post a bond of $5m.
The indictment against the two men claims that “MANAFORT and GATES generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work. In order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities, from approximately 2006 through to at least 2016, MANAFORT and GATES laundered the money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts.”
It later states that “MANAFORT used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States, without paying taxes on that income.”
The indictment then states “in total, more than $75,000,000 flowed through the offshore accounts. MANAFORT laundered more than $18,000,000, which was used by him to buy property, goods, and services in the United States, income that he concealed from the United States Treasury, the Department of Justice, and others. GATES transferred more than $3,000,000 from the offshore accounts to other accounts that he controlled.”
The indictment later reads “because MANAFORT and GATES, among other things, directed a campaign to lobby United States officials on behalf of the Government of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine, and Ukrainian political parties, they were required by law to report to the United States their work and fees. MANAFORT and GATES did not do so. Instead, when the Department of Justice sent inquiries to MANAFORT and GATES in 2016 about their activities, MANAFORT and GATES responded with a series of false and misleading statements.”
Election campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos to Donald Trump has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the timing of meetings with alleged Russian agents.
George Papadopoulos admitted the talks happened while he worked for Mr Trump, not before, court papers show.
He said he had been told the Russians possessed “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
According to the court documents, Mr Trump’s former foreign policy adviser admitted on 5 October 2017 to having impeded the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russia.
The document states that “GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, who served as a foreign policy advisor for the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump (the “Campaign”), made material false statements and material omissions during an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI’.) that took place on January 27, 2017. At the time of the interview, the FBI had an open investigation into the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the Campaign and Russia’s efforts. The FBI opened and coordinated the investigation in Washington, D.C.”