Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was reportedly warned by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team that he will be indicted, now plans to leave the country.
The ongoing Russia investigation has been heating up more and more lately and Manafort is a name that comes up quite often. According to a New York Times report, Manafort had continued lobbying on behalf of foreign interests even after being targeted by investigators.
According to the report, right around the time his home got raided by federal agents, Manafort started working for groups allied with Iraq’s Kurdish minority to promote a referendum for independence that’s officially opposed by the U.S.
Following the raid, federal prosecutors warned Manafort that they planned to indict him. That’s when the former campaign chairman made the decision that he would be traveling overseas, according to the Times.
One of his business associates is already in Iraq preparing for Monday’s referendum, and Manafort himself may soon return for the vote, the newspaper reported.