Was anyone on Donald Trump‘s team working on behalf of the United States for fuck’s sake??
Throughout investigations into the Trump campaign’s numerous ties to Russia, former chairman Paul Manafort is trying to get ahead of at least one instance of working for another government.
Apparently Manafort is planning on registering with the U.S. government as a foreign agent for his work with the Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych in 2012-2014.
Basically, because he was representing the interests of a country other than the U.S., he has to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, allowing himself to be scrutinized more closely by our government. Presumably to, y’know, make sure he isn’t committing treason against America.
Manafort’s spokesman released a statement clarifying:
“Since before the 2016 election, Mr. Manafort has been in discussions with federal authorities about the advisability of registering under FARA for some of his past political work. Mr. Manafort received formal guidance recently from the authorities and he is taking appropriate steps in response to the guidance. The work in question was widely known, concluded before Mr. Manafort began working with the Trump campaign and was not conducted on behalf of the Russian government.”
OK, that didn’t help.
Basically, Manafort isn’t admitting to working for Russia yet, but he IS admitting to working for their next-door neighbor. Well, a crooked politician in their government anyway.
Currently the FBI and the Treasury Department are investigating Manafort’s Ukraine work separately as it pertains to international money laundering (Yanukovych was ousted from his government seat because of a corruption scandal).
All this does NOT mean he’s off the hook for any dealings he had with the Russian government during the election. It’s just in addition.
BTW, Michael Flynn, who is also being investigated for his ties to Russia, previously registered as a foreign agent for his work with the Turkish government.
Srsly. Wasn’t anyone looking out for the interests of America? Oh right, of course not. They were PRO Trump.
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