President Donald Trump is trying to distance himself from Paul Manafort, as Manafort’s legal woes are growing. Trump posted on Twitter, saying:
“As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn’t the FBI or Department of “Justice” have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign? Should have told me! Paul Manafort came into the campaign very late and was with us for a short period of time (he represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole & many others over the years), but we should have been told that Comey and the boys were doing a number on him, and he wouldn’t have been hired!”
However, in terms of Trump’s relationship with Paul Manafort, Manafort’s daughter claims a different story, according to veteran investigative reporter, Kenneth P. Vogel:
MANAFORT and TRUMP “are literally living in the same building and…they go up and down all day long hanging and plotting together” — text from one of Manafort’s daughters to the other on 4/7/16, just days after their dad was hired by the campaign.
AND on 8/18/16, as MANAFORT was being pushed out of TRUMP campaign, his daughter texted a friend: “my dad resigned from being the public face of the campaign. But is still very much involved behind the scenes…Last nights speech was a speech my dad had been pushing him to make…”
Time will tell what comes of this, but Paul Manafort’s daughter will almost certainly be called as a witness at some point.