Paul Manafort, facing mounting questions about his work for pro-Russian interests in the Ukraine, may be belatedly registering as a foreign agent.
Manafort, a onetime campaign manager for Donald Trump, has been in talks with the government about registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act for some of his past political work, according to a statement from his spokesman, Jason Maloni.
“Mr. Manafort received formal guidance recently from the authorities and he is taking appropriate steps in response to the guidance,” the statement said. “The work in question was widely known, concluded before Mr. Manafort began working with the Trump campaign and was not conducted on behalf of the Russian government.”
The state of Hawaii wants an 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to consider whether to lift a hold on President Trump’s revised travel ban.
Normally, an appeal first goes to a three-judge panel. The losing party can then appeal the decision directly to the U.S. Supreme Court or to an “en banc” panel, which in the 9th Circuit includes the chief judge and 10 randomly selected judges.
Hawaii’s request followed a decision by the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a similar hold “en banc” instead of before three judges.
President Trump embraced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as a "bulwark of international peace and security" after a White House meeting Wednesday with the alliance's chief, reversing a skeptical earlier stance.
"I said it was obsolete. It is no longer obsolete," Trump said during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, adding that the alliance was increasing cooperation to stem terror attacks, among other steps.
Trump met with Stoltenberg in the Oval Office for an hour and discussed ways in which the NATO chief plans to get member countries to increase military spending to bolster the alliance.
The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of Carter Page, an advisor to then-candidate Donald Trump, because the government had reason to believe Page was acting as a Russian agent, the Washington Post has reported.
Page is among the Trump associates under scrutiny as the FBI and congressional committees investigate whether his presidential campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, but the investigations could shadow his presidency for months or even years.
The Post, citing unnamed law enforcement and other U.S. officials, said Tuesday the government surveillance application laid out the basis for believing that Page had knowingly engaged in intelligence activities on Russia's behalf. The newspaper said the application includes contacts Page had with a Russian intelligence operative in 2013.
As top diplomats from Russia and the United States held a testy meeting Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at the Trump administration, saying relations between Washington and Moscow had deteriorated.
"You can say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military side, has not improved but most likely worsened," Putin said in a television interview, according to a transcript released by the Kremlin.
His comments reflected the palpable tensions infusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's trip to Moscow, the first to Russia by a Trump administration official.
According to documents released by a Ukrainian lawmaker, Paul Manafort tried to hide payments received from Ukraine's ousted former president through an offshore shell company.
Last August, a handwritten ledger surfaced in Ukraine with dollar amounts and dates next to the name of Paul Manafort, who was then chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Ukrainian investigators called it evidence of off-the-books payments from a pro-Russian political party — and part of a larger pattern of corruption under the country's former president. Manafort, who worked for the party as an international political consultant, has publicly questioned the ledger's authenticity.
Now, financial records newly obtained by the Associated Press confirm that at least $1.2 million in payments listed in the ledger next to Manafort's name were actually received by his consulting firm in the United States. They include payments in 2007 and 2009, providing the first evidence that Manafort's firm received at least some money listed in the so-called Black Ledger.
First Lady Melania Trump has accepted an apology and damages from the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper for reporting rumors about her time as a model, the two parties in the lawsuit said Wednesday.
Trump sued the Daily Mail in Britain and Mail Online in the United States over an August 2016 article, which ran under the headline "Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife's past that could derail Trump."
The first lady's attorneys argued that the report damaged her ability to build businesses based on her status as a well-known figure and "successful businesswoman."