Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, has had his share of helping out the Russian government. Last month The Associated Press reported that Manafort’s work for a Russian billionaire a decade ago may have benefited the Russian government.
On Wednesday, a spokesman for Manafort stated that the former Trump campaign chairman plans to register as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice.
The spokesman said Manafort is “taking appropriate steps in response to the guidance” he was given by the Justice Department.
“Since before the 2016 election, Mr. Manafort has been in discussions with federal authorities about the advisability of registering under [Foreign Agents Registration Act] for some of his past political work,” spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement.
“Mr. Manafort received formal guidance recently from the authorities and he is taking appropriate steps in response to the guidance. The work in question was widely known, concluded before Mr. Manafort began working with the Trump Campaign and was not conducted on behalf of the Russian government.”
According to CNN “Manafort is expected to register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent representing Ukraine’s interests between 2012 and 2014.”
Manafort is one of “four people associated with the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump who remain under scrutiny of FBI and congressional investigators in the ongoing probe of the Russian operation to meddle in the US election last year.”