The entanglements between President Donald Trump campaign staff and the Russian Federation got even more twisted on Wednesday afternoon.
The Associated Press reported that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, is registering with the United States government as a foreign agent. This comes less than 24 hours after the report that former Trump campaign foreign policy Carter Page was investigated by the FBI as an agent of Russian intelligence.
Manafort’s spokesperson told the AP that he had been in contact with the federal government about registering before the elections, but is now “taking appropriate steps” after receiving “formal guidance” about what to do. The same spokesperson added that the work was not for the Russian government (presumably, this is regarding his work for pro-Russian factions in Ukraine) and started before he joined the campaign.
There’s no word yet as to if Trump knew about this when he hired Manafort.
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