Paul Manafort to Testify Before House Intel Committee

Former Trump campaign manager will not take the Fifth when he meets with House Intelligence group

Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman will testify before the House Intelligence Committee about alleged ties to Russia.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intel Committee, said Paul Manafort has agreed to testify before the committee.

Nunes made the announcement at a Friday morning press conference.

“My work for Mr. Deripaska did not involve representing Russian political interests.”

The committee is investigating allegations that Russian hackers may have tried to influence the 2016 election.

Manafort’s attorney reached out to the committee and said his client has agreed to be interviewed. It is unclear if the interview will be a public grilling or a private affair.

Manafort ran Trump’s campaign from March 2016 to August 2016. Manafort left the campaign after controversy swirled over his former work for  Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a Russian ally.

Manafort’s banking activities are already being investigated by federal officials.

But Manafort has hotly denied any coordination between the presidential campaign and Russian authorities. Democrats have suggested Russian hackers may have coordinated with Trump surrogates.

Earlier this week, Manafort confirmed his work with Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, but denied any improper conduct.

Manafort was indirectly aiding Russian President Vladimir Putin through the contract, the Associated Press reported, writing that Manafort proposed to “influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government.”

Manafort issued a denial about the nature of the work he did.

“I worked with Oleg Deripaska almost a decade ago representing him on business and personal matters in countries where he had investments,” Manafort said in a statement. “My work for Mr. Deripaska did not involve representing Russian political interests.”

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