‘This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign.
‘I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process.
‘Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.’ – Trump
Paul Manafort, Donald Trumps campaign manager, quit within hours of a report by the Associated Press which said he had helped a secret lobbying effort by pro-Kremlin Ukranian politicians which was trying to influence U.S. foreign policy.
Not only did he help it, he effectively helped to obscure it. – AP reported.
He had already been sidelined in the campaign this week when a first series of reports claimed he had been allocated more than $12 million in cash in a secret ledger in Ukraine. He denied receiving it.
Under federal law, U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department.
A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
….the Manafort story in a nutshell
Manafort was brought in as Trump’s campaign chairman before the GOP convention
Manafort offered and Trump ‘accepted’ resignation on day that evidence emerged he had effectively obscured foreign lobbying
Manafort had helped pro-Putin party funnel $2.2m in payments to D.C. lobbyists to influence U.S. policy – and not declared it
Damning allegation came after disclosure he was named in ledger of cash payments from Ukraine’s deposed pro-Putin regime
It showed ‘Paul Manafort’ being sent more than $12 million – which he denied receiving