McKenna on KIRO: What is Manafort charged with?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the indictment against Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. Manafort is charged with lying to the FBI, money laundering, and failing to register as a foreign agent.

Dave Ross: “But when somebody pays you $75 million to lobby on behalf of a foreign government, the only reason to pay somebody that kind of money is if you’re trying to spin a tale.”

Rob McKenna: “Well, that’s the concern, right? And so the protection against that…is transparency, so people are aware of who lobbyists are working for.

“And so for example, if Manafort made – or any lobbyist for Ukraine or Iraq or anyone else back in the day – made a campaign contribution, people could connect the dots and say ‘Oh this lobbyist, who is registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, made a campaign contribution’ to this senator, this congressman, this presidential candidate. So it’s all – FARA, as it’s called, this act – is designed to increase transparency and accountability.

“And the interesting thing is, Paul Manafort did register under FARA…when he represented Nigeria, the Philippines, and Kenya. And also a group of Angolan rebels, he registered for that. He just decided not to bother to register and report his work as an agent for Ukraine.”

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