Paul Manafort mentioned in secret briefing: Information you don’t know

Known as a 'brilliant' political operative, Paul Manafort played a key role in getting President Trump elected
(PR NewsChannel) / March 9, 2017 / WASHINGTON 
Paul Manafort on ABC's 'This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos‎'

Paul Manafort on ABC’s ‘This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos‎’

Though well-known for decades in the Beltway as a shrewd–even brilliant–political operative, Paul Manafort was rarely in the spotlight over the years. He was behind the scenes, calling the shots.

Contrast that to today, when his the name Paul Manafort continues to surface in news reports, as recently as today. Sources on the Senate Intelligence Committee told CNN said that the Committee wants “all the potential Trump associates who allegedly spoke with Russian officials to testify before the committee.”

That would include former campaign chairman Paul Manafort; Michael Flynn, former National Security Adviser; and Carter Page, a former campaign advisor. FBI Director James Comey was on Capitol Hill meeting eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the so-called Gang of Eight, who have access to highly classified information.

Last year, Paul Manafort agreed to take on a more public role when he participated in the presidential campaign of Donald Trump by agreeing to lead Mr. Trump’s efforts at the Republican National Convention should Mr. Trump not receive enough delegates to clinch the nomination outright.

But Mr. Trump did, so in a short time Paul Manafort’s experience and political adroitness led to his nomination for the position of campaign manager for the Trump’s campaign.

Manafort later resigned, but continued to have influence on the Donald Trump campaign; and on the man who’d become President of the United States.

Though Manafort’s back in the spotlight again amid reports that he and other senior Trump advisers were in regular communication during the campaign with Russians–an allegation Manafort emphatically denies–Manafort has an impressive background that the media rarely reports.

Paul Manafort – A Brief History

Manafort is from New Britain, Connecticut. He graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University and from Georgetown University Law School in 1974.

In 1976, Paul Manafort worked with James A. Baker when he served as the delegate hunt coordinator for eight states for the President Gerald Ford Committee.

Paul Manafort also served as the southern coordinator for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign and the deputy political director at the Republican National Committee from 1978 and 1980. After the elections, he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, political risk insurance, and support for private equity funds.

Paul Manafort also advised the presidential campaigns of George H.W. Bush in 1988 and Bob Dole in 1996.



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SOURCE:  Alliance for Ethics in Journalism

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