Unable to reach an agreement amenable to Trump’s ex-campaign kahuna Paul Manafort, a subpoena has been issued to compel him to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement, “While we were willing to accommodate Mr. Manafort’s request to cooperate with the committee’s investigation without appearing at Wednesday’s hearing, we were unable to reach an agreement for a voluntary transcribed interview with the Judiciary Committee.”
The statement continued:
“Mr. Manafort, through his attorney, said that he would be willing to provide only a single transcribed interview to Congress, which would not be available to the Judiciary Committee members or staff. While the Judiciary Committee was willing to cooperate on equal terms with any other committee to accommodate Mr. Manafort’s request, ultimately that was not possible. Therefore, yesterday evening, a subpoena was issued to compel Mr. Manafort’s participation in Wednesday’s hearing. As with other witnesses, we may be willing to excuse him from Wednesday’s hearing if he would be willing to agree to production of documents and a transcribed interview, with the understanding that the interview would not constitute a waiver of his rights or prejudice the committee’s right to compel his testimony in the future.”
As we know, Manafort has had a long history of involvement with Russia, representing Ukraine’s Party of Regions, a pro-Kremlin political party. Manafort had to retroactively register as a foreign agent after failing to disclose that he worked for Russia.
Before he joined the Trump campaign, Manafort was in debt to Russia for millions of dollars. The money was owed by shell companies connected to Manafort’s business activities in the Ukraine. The ex-campaign kahuna also attended the now infamous meeting set up by Donnie Jr. with a coterie of Kremlin-connected operatives for the purpose of obtaining damaging intel on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
The President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who also part of that meeting, testified before both the Senate and House Intelligence Committees on Monday. In an advance statement, Kushner said he did not collude and was not aware of the nature of the meeting, despite it being in the subject line of the e-mail he was copied on which detailed the intent of the rendezvous.
Manafort was also on this e-mail chain and as an experienced political operative, would surely understand the full nature and possible ramifications of attending such a meeting.
The ex-campaign kahuna met with the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday and according to his spokesman Jason Maloni answered all their questions.
“Paul Manafort met this morning, by previous agreement, with the bipartisan staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and answered their questions fully,” Maloni said in a statement.
Sources say Manafort also provided documents to the intelligence committee.
So why was he unable to reach an agreement to meet with the Senate Judiciary Committee? Perhaps, he requested some sort of an immunity deal before answering their questions?
This is a developing story