Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign manager, pushes back hard against links to Russia, DNC email hacking

'There are no facts or evidence supporting these allegations,' says Paul Manafort
(PR NewsChannel) / March 21, 2017 / WASHINGTON 
Paul Manafort, political consultant, on NBC's MEET THE PRESS.

Paul Manafort, political consultant, on NBC’s MEET THE PRESS. Monday he pushed back hard against allegations he colluded with Russia in any way.

Paul Manafort, a former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, denies having any contact with Russian officials or any connection to apparent Russia hacking of emails at the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“The suggestion that I ever worked in concert with anyone to release hacked emails or sought to undermine the interests of the United States is false,” Manafort said in a statement. “Despite the constant scrutiny and innuendo, there are no facts or evidence supporting these allegations, nor will there be. I am disappointed that anyone would give credence to allegations made by individuals with clear political motives in a blatant attempt to discredit me and the legitimacy of the election of President Trump.”

The name Paul Manafort came up during Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing, at which FBI Director James Comey testified on Capitol Hill.

Comey confirmed for the first time that his agency is investigating possible secret cooperation between Russia and the Trump campaign and whether anyone from the Trump campaign committed any crimes during the Presidential election. Comey said that it was part of a wider probe examining the hacking of emails belonging to democrats, including the Clinton campaign.

Paul Manafort’s name was mentioned by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif), who said it was Manafort who selected an intermediary named Carter Page to be a “go-between for the Trump campaign and Russian interests.”

Paul Manafort was chairman of the campaign for just under three months. He resigned as news reports centered on Manafort and his connection to Viktor Yanukovych, the former head of Ukraine, who later fled to Russia.

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SOURCE:  Alliance for Ethics in Journalism

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