Is Trump’s former campaign manager in bed with Russia?
According to a report published on NBC news, the FBI is allegedly looking into Trump’s ex campaign manager, Paul Manafort. The report further suggests that Manafort has potential ties with Russia that might be meant to influence US elections.
Manafort, who served as Trump’s campaign manager for a few months, denied any business with the Kremlin. Furthermore, he added that none of these allegations were true and that he was unaware of any ongoing FBI investigation into his conduct.
Paul Manafort & Russia – The Facts:
Although Manafort denies any ties with Russia, he had received a sum of undisclosed $12.7 million between 2007 and 2012 from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. It is still unclear what those cash payments were for.
The FBI’s preliminary inquiry does in fact raise questions about the possibility of Russia trying to influence the US elections. Given Trump’s foreign policy and the phone hacks of Democratic Party officials, it is no wonder that concerns have been amplified.
So far, the FBI’s inquiry remains an inquiry and has not developed into a full-fledged investigation. According to NBC, it is unclear whether or not that might happen.
It is worth mentioning here that word of this inquiry only surfaced just days after FBI Director, James Comey, disclosed that his agency was examining another set of Hilary related emails.
The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, said wether an investigation is appropriate depends on whether evidence of criminal connections is found. He added that the FBI and other agencies should not be discussing ongoing investigations or inquiries. However, discussing one investigation involving one candidate and not another can raise claims of the director’s bias.
Your opinion counts:
To wrap this up: What do you think is going on here? Do you think Manafort has criminal ties with Russia or do you think this is just another distraction by a partisan party?
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