So in February 2016, Paul Manafort pitched himself to the Trump campaign — and offered to work without compensation! Journalist Josh Marshall thinks there’s a story there, and he’s probably correct.
Manafort’s overture is one of several items that I just added to my Timeline for Moyers & Company. To see how the latest Manafort piece fits, take a few minutes to review the entire Timeline. The symbolic bombing of a Syrian airfield sure looks like a distraction.
- Feb. 29, 2016: Paul Manafort submitted a five-page, single-spaced proposal to Trump. In it, he outlined his qualifications for helping Trump secure enough convention delegates to win the Republican presidential nomination. Manafort described how he had assisted rich and powerful business and political leaders, including oligarchs and dictators in Russia and Ukraine: “I have managed Presidential campaigns around the world.”
- April 5, 2017: In an interview with The New York Times, Trump said, “The Russia story is a total hoax.”
- April 6, 2017: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes recused himself from the Trump/Russia investigation. Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, a Trump supporter, assumed control.