- Paul Manafort was weighing in on critical Cabinet appointments for the incoming Trump administration months after he was ousted from the campaign, according to a newly released email.
- He recommended Stephen Calk, the head of Federal Savings Bank, for Secretary of the Army.
- Manafort emailed senior adviser Jared Kushner recommending Calk for the position on November 30, 2016.
- That same month, Manafort received a $US6.5 million loan from Federal Savings Bank. He got another $US9.5 million loan from the bank in January 2017.
- Manafort is accused of conspiring to commit tax and bank fraud to secure loans from several financial institutions, including Federal Savings Bank.
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A previously unseen email entered into evidence during Paul Manafort’s criminal trial on Monday appears to show the significant influence he wielded over President Donald Trump’s transition team months after he was fired from the campaign.
In the email to senior adviser Jared Kushner on November 30, 2016, Manafort suggested potential candidates to join the incoming Trump administration.
“I am attaching resumes of 3 individuals who should be a part of the Trump Administration,” Manafort wrote, according to the email. “All are supporters since the nomination was secured and have been active in the campaign. The 3 indivituals (sic) are people who I believe advance DT agenda. They will be totally reliable and responsive to the Trump White House.”
“I am available to give you details on the work they did in the campaign or on their backgrounds,” he continued.
“On it!” Kushner replied.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) released the email on Monday.
Who Manafort recommended
Among the candidates Manafort recommended was Stephen Calk, the chairman of the Federal Savings Bank and an economic adviser to the Trump campaign. Manafort recommended Calk for army secretary, according to the email.
Manafort is accused of committing tax and bank fraud in order to secure a loan from the Federal Savings Bank, as well as other financial institutions.
James Brennan, the vice president of Federal Savings Bank, testified during Manafort’s trial that the former Trump campaign chairman got a $US9.5 million loan from the bank around the same time he emailed Kushner about Calk, and later got another $US6.5 million loan in January 2017.
These Kushner-Manafort emails show extraordinary access and influence Manafort had with Trump transition team MONTHS after he was fired and MONTHS after it was publicly known he was under FBI investigation.
Remember this—next time POTUS says he wasn’t warned of Manafort by FBI. pic.twitter.com/6xvktb6gD3
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) August 14, 2018
Manafort sent the email to Kushner three months after he was ousted from the Trump campaign, after it emerged that he owed millions of dollars to pro-Russia entities.
Before Manafort emailed Kushner recommending Calk and others for administration positions, Manafort and Calk discussed possible administration roles for the latter, according to another email the DOJ released.
In addition to Calk, Manafort also recommended Vernon Parker, a former Bush administration official from Arizona, to be deputy attorney general.
Manafort wrote, “As a black appointment, Parker would bring administrative skills to the position and would be a visible answer to the bogus racist charges that will be leveled against Jeff Sessions,” who was nominated for attorney general.
Rod Rosenstein eventually filled the deputy attorney general position. He now oversees the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Manafort also suggested Pat Sink to fill the secretary of labour role. The three candidates Manafort recommended in the email didn’t end up getting the jobs.
Manafort is charged with 18 counts related to tax fraud, bank fraud, and failure to report foreign bank accounts in Virginia, where he is currently standing trial as part of Mueller’s investigation.
A second indictment from Mueller’s office, brought in Washington, DC, charges Manafort with additional crimes including conspiracy, obstruction of justice, money laundering, and failure to register as a foreign agent.
His first trial is expected to wrap up in the next week, and his second trial is scheduled to begin in September.
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