The FBI interviewed Paul Manafort two times when he worked as a consultant for a political party in Ukraine aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in March 2013 and July 2014--that's long before Manafort teamed up with Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
Manafort stepped down as Trump’s campaign chairman in August 2016 after reports that he received “more than $12 million in off-the-books payments from Viktor Yanukovych’s political party.”
The Washington Post reports on what a set of newly filed court documents reveal about Manafort, who is now the subject of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's dirty deeds.
The documents filed late Monday by prosecutors in the office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, show that the FBI had interviewed Manafort in March 2013 and again in July 2014. Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates, who also held a top role with Trump’s campaign, was interviewed by the FBI in July 2014, the documents show.
The information raises fresh questions about how closely the Trump campaign vetted staff members and whether Manafort and Gates told officials about their interactions with the FBI.
John Oliver made fun of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s terrible performance on the talk shows Sunday. Giuliani’s “truth isn’t truth” statement should surely end up inscribed on both his and Trump’s gravestones: a bungled effort to describe perjury traps and other reasons one should generally not talk to cops and most certainly not the FBI. […]
The FBI is investigating a cyberattack on the congressional campaign of David Min, a Democratic candidate in California.
Invest in popcorn stocks. Omarosa Manigault Newman “has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation” of rampant fear and loathing inside the Trump White House, The Associated Press reported on Friday.
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