Fox & Friends downplays Trump's connection to indicted former campaign chairman

Steve Doocy: Paul Manafort “had some suspicious wire transfers ... many years before he joined Trump”

From the October 30 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

GRIFF JENKINS: We knew from the leaks that someone could be taken into custody this morning. Now, in just moments ago, there were reports coming out of multiple news organizations that it is going to be former campaign manager Paul Manafort and a business associate of his, Rick Gates. That is not confirmed by us yet, but it is certainly out there. The reports are that Manafort and his associate were told to surrender to the authorities. And this is going to be a significant development if it is true because it tells us where this investigation and this special counsel is headed.


STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): All right. So, Griff, so, Paul Manafort is a name we're familiar with because he was, as you just mentioned, former campaign chairman for Donald Trump. But this former business associate of his, Rick Gates, I'm reading in The New York Times mobile site, it says he is “a longtime protégé and junior partner of Mr. Manafort. His name appears on documents linked to companies that Mr. Manafort's firm set up in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businessmen in Eastern Europe, records reviewed by The New York Times show.” Do we have any idea what sort of time frame we're talking about? Because earlier, that BuzzFeed article that came out yesterday suggested that Manafort had some suspicious wire transfers back in 2012, 2013, many years before he joined Trump. 

JENKINS: That's right, Steve. So, Manafort is known here in Washington as a very powerful lobbyist and his dealings certainly have tentacles that go all over the place.  And these business dealings, we are told go back as many as 15 years and some former prosecutors have been saying over the weekend that this is very instructive as to where Mueller took this investigation, whether it was broad, going all the way back to a business dealing such as this involving ultimately what are Russian oligarchs, or bringing it into a narrow charge and indictment on a specific conversation that happened over the campaign. So it will certainly be telling and nobody knows perhaps better than Robert Mueller now how far back these dealings go, or how widespread they are.


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