Donald Trump’s former 2016 campaign manager, convicted felon Paul Manafort, claims in a forthcoming book that he quietly advised his former boss on the 2020 election as he awaited a hoped-for presidential pardon.
“I didn’t want anything to stand in the way of the president’s re-election or, more importantly, a potential pardon,” Manafort writes in his book “Political Prisoner: Persecuted, Prosecuted, but Not Silenced,” a copy of which has been obtained. by The Guardian. It’s due out next month.
He was eventually found guilty of several counts of tax and bank fraud and failure to report a foreign bank account. He was sentenced in March 2019 to more than seven years in prison.
In May 2020, Manafort was released at home partly due to the risk of COVID-19 in prison. It was then that he said he reestablished contact with Trump’s circle.
“There was no contact with anyone in Trump’s orbit when I was in prison,” he wrote, according to The Guardian. “And I didn’t want it, especially if it could be exploited” by the mainstream media.
“But when the re-election campaign started, I was interacting, off the record, with friends of mine who were very involved,” Manafort writes, according to The Guardian’s report on his book. “It was killing me not to be there, but I was advising indirectly from my condo” in northern Virginia.
Trump has often spoken out for Manafort, insisting he did nothing wrong. After Manafort’s sentencing, Trump said he felt “very bad for him.”
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