Trump just named his 2020 campaign manager — and it’s a key player in the Russia investigation

  • President Donald Trump named his campaign manager for his 2020 reelection effort.
  • Trump’s pick is Brad Parscale, who ran the Trump campaign’s digital apparatus in 2016.
  • Parscale is a person of interest in the Russia investigation.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday named Brad Parscale, the digital director of Trump’s 2016 campaign, as his campaign manager for his 2020 reelection effort.

The news was first reported by Matt Drudge.

“Brad was essential in bringing a disciplined technology and data-driven approach to how the 2016 campaign was run,” said Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, in a statement. “His leadership and expertise will be help build a best-in-class campaign.”

Parscale has emerged as an increasingly important figure among Trump’s associates and received attention recently amid the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Parscale testified before the House Intelligence Committee in June 2017, and Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees subpoenaed documents as part of the probe.

A source previously told Business Insider that Kushner, was responsible for Parscale’s vital role in the 2016 campaign.

“Jared got [Brad] hired, despite the fact that a number of people in the campaign wondered whether he had any idea what he was doing,” the person said. “He’s Jared’s boy. I had [campaign] deputies telling me they couldn’t question anything the guy did or said, and they were unhappy about that.”

Parscale is currently serving as the digital media director for America First Policies, a nonprofit group whose aim is to bolster Trump’s agenda.

Drudge said that Trump was set to officially announce Tuesday that he would run for reelection in 2020. The move, Drudge said, would come a record 980 days before the next Election Day.