Man who once ran Trump campaign surrenders to FBI: Who is Paul Manafort?
Paul Manafort helmed Donald Trump’s campaign for about five months until August last year and resigned from the campaign after reports on his firm’s covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party.Updated: Oct 30, 2017 19:11 IST
US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former business associate, Rick Gates, surrendered to federal authorities on Monday in the first charges stemming from an investigation into possible ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.
Manafort and Gates are expected in court later Monday to face charges.
Manafort helmed Trump’s campaign for about five months until August last year and resigned from the campaign immediately after The Associated Press reported on his firm’s covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party.
He has denied any coordination with Russia and has said his work in Ukraine was not related to the campaign.
His presence at a meeting Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr took last June with a Russian lawyer last year who had offered campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton also brought him public scrutiny.
Trump has denied any allegations of collusion with the Russians and called the probe “a witch hunt.” The Kremlin also has denied the allegations.
Investigators have also examined potential money laundering by Manafort and other possible financial crimes, sources told Reuters.
Earlier this year, FBI agents raided Manafort’s home, searching for tax and international banking records.
According to Fortune.com, Manafort’s grandfather migrated to Connecticut from Italy. He founded “a construction company that his (Paul’s) father and three brothers built into Manafort Bros.”
Trump’s middle son, Eric Trump, had said last year in an interview that his father was concerned that questions about Manafort’s past were taking attention away from the billionaire’s presidential bid.
A report in the Business Insider says Manafort started advising Gerald Ford’s 1976 campaign while working at a private law firm two years after his graduation.
“Since the 1970s, he has established deep and sometimes murky, connections in Washington and around the world, serving as political lobbyist, adviser, and an international political consultant for leaders around the world, including dictators Mobutu Sese Seko of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines,” the report adds.
First Published: Oct 30, 2017 18:50 IST