CBS Reveals Connection Between Paul Manafort And Builder Of Miami’s Collapsed Bridge That Killed 6
A pedestrian bridge near Florida International University was supposed to enhance safety — letting walkers and cyclists cross a busy eight-lane street with less worry after a vehicle last year struck and killed an FIU student.
Instead, it collapsed Thursday, months before it was to open, crushing cars on the street, killing at least six people and leaving investigators with the difficult task of trying to figure out why it happened and who might be held responsible.
As the investigation unfolds, a months-old connection between the company that built the bridge and the Trump campaign has been revealed.
CBS Politics reporter Katie Watson on Thursday afternoon flagged the connection between Munilla Construction Company, the group that built the nearly-finished pedestrian footbridge near Florida International University, and onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Linking to an August article from real estate website The Real Deal, Watson included a picture of CMC executives Jorge and Fernando Munilla, the former campaign chairman and Manafort’s client Yan Jiehe, the owner of China’s largest private building company.
So the Miami company behind the bridge that collapsed (Munilla Construction Management) has alleged connections to Paul Manafort. No, this isn't a joke. Manafort was apparently helping his client Yan Jiehe find U.S. construction firms ripe for acquisition.https://t.co/uvh2cuvTYr pic.twitter.com/ErMEtTLOKF
— Katie Watson (@kathrynw5) March 15, 2018
The Real Deal reported in August that Manafort was advising Jiehe on potentially acquiring CMC at the time his home was raided by the FBI last July. The website’s August report also pointed out that Manafort, Jiehe and the CMC executives were also photographed together a second time as well.
Business website BisNow reported in September that the company may be under scrutiny due to their relationship with Manafort and the Chinese builder in light of their $66 million contract with Pentagon to build a school at Guantanamo Bay.
“Foreign involvement in such a sensitive project,” BisNow’s September report noted, “could be problematic.”