Paul Johnafort Jr. is an American former lobbyist, political consultant, lawyer, and convicted tax and bank fraudster. He chaired the Trump Presidential campaign team from June to August 2016. He served as an adviser to the U.S. presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bob Dole. On December 23, 2020, he was granted a pardon by President Donald Trump.
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Paul John Manafort Jr. is an American former lobbyist, political consultant, lawyer, and convicted tax and bank fraudster. He chaired the Trump Presidential campaign team from June to August 2016. He served as an adviser to the U.S. presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bob Dole. In 1980, he co-founded the Washington, D. C. -based lobbying firm Black, Manafort & Stone, along with principals Charles R. Black Jr. and Roger J. Stone, joined by Peter G. Kelly in 1984. On June 27, 2017, he retroactively registered as a foreign agent. In August 2018, he stood trial in the Eastern District of Virginia and was convicted on eight charges of tax andBank fraud. In the DC District Court, he pled guilty to two charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and witness tampering, while agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors. On November 26, 2018, Robert Mueller reported thatafort violated his plea deal by repeatedly lying to investigators. On February 13, 2019, DC District court Judge Amy Berman Jackson concurred, voiding the plea deal. On December 23, 2020, he was granted a pardon by President Donald Trump. The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee concluded in August 2020 thatafort’s ties to individuals connected to Russian intelligence while he was Trump’s campaign manager \”represented a grave counterintelligence threat\” by creating opportunities for Russian intelligence services to exert influence over, and acquire confidential information on, the Trump campaign.
On May 13, 2020,. he was released to home confinement due to the threat of COVID-19. He forfeited his Connecticut Bar license in January 2019. He was disbarred from the DC Bar on May 11, 2019. In 1976 he was the overall delegate-hunt coordinator for the President Ford campaign operation; he was also the southern coordinator for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign, and the political director at the Republican National Committee. After Reagan’s election in November 1980 he was appointed Associate Director of the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House. In 1981 he was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Investment Corporation of the Private Investment Corporation. In 1988 he was elected to the board of directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In 1991, he became the first African-American to serve as a member of the board. He has been married three times and has three children. He lives in New Britain, Connecticut with his wife and two sons. His father served in World War II and was mayor of New Britain from 1965 to 1971 and was indicted in a corruption scandal in 1981 but not convicted. In 1967, he graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, a private Roman Catholic secondary school, closed in 1999, in NewBritain, Connecticut. He attended Georgetown University, where he received his B. S. in business administration in 1971 and his J. D. in 1974. He also practiced law with the firm of Vorys, S, Seymour and Seymour and Pease.