Senate committee drops subpoena for Paul Manafort

Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016. He became campaign chairman and chief strategist in May, then directed the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
By Jason Spencer | Aug 01, 2017
President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, 68, has avoided having to appear at least for now before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday pursuant to a congressional subpoena, which was dropped after Manafort agreed to work with the committee.

"Faced with issuance of a subpoena, we are happy that Mr. Manafort has started producing documents to the Committee and we have agreed to continue negotiating over a transcribed interview," read a statement from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and ranking member. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), as reported by ABC News. "It's important that he and other witnesses continue to work with this committee as it fulfills its oversight responsibility."

Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016. He became campaign chairman and chief strategist in May, then directed the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. He was forced to leave the campaign on Aug. 19 following news reports that he had worked on behalf of a Ukrainian political party without disclosing his activities as a foreign agent as required by law.

"Our investigation is still in its early stages, and we will continue to seek information from witnesses as necessary," the Grassley-Feinstein statement said. "As we've said before, we intend to get the answers that we need, one way or the other. Cooperation from witnesses is always the preferred route, but this agreement does not prejudice the committee's right to compel his testimony in the future."

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