Donald’s Trump recently controversial Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort, has finally buckled to the pressure from recent revelations about his ties to illegal foreign money and lobbying.
Manafort, who replaced Trump’s original (and also controversial) campaign manager in March, handed in his resignation Friday, adding another event to the already eventful Republican campaign.
This week Manafort came under fire when his name was uncovered on an off-the-books ledger showing that he had possibly received over $12 million in cash from a pro-Russian political group in the Ukraine. Manafort worked for Ukraine’s president before he was violently ousted in 2014. It was also later revealed that Manafort and one of his aids had assisted a pro-Russian political party in the Ukraine transmit over $2 million to two big Washington, DC lobbying firms in 2012, helping to hide the pro-Russia party’s efforts to influence US politics. The lobbying was allegedly geared toward improving US press coverage of Russia, among other things.
It is federally illegal to leave foreign political ties undisclosed. Breaking that law is a felony worth up to five years in prison and a hefty fine.
On the heels of these controversies, Trump added dangerous conservative Breitbart executive and commentator, Stephen Bannon as his new Campaign Executive. Bannon is tied to white supremacy groups and ideologies and has effectively turned Breitbart, originally an anti-establishment journalistic effort, into a Trump-cheering conspiracy-theorizing bullying outlet.
Trump announced Manafort’s resignation Friday as he arrived in Louisiana to view flooding damage.