Trump’s disgraced former campaign chairman was released from FCI Loretto in central Pennsylvania early Wednesday.
The relationship—stretching from New York to London to Kyiv—long predated Rudy Giuliani’s attempts to discredit the evidence that played a key role in Manafort’s downfall.
The former campaign chairman “understood his conversations with Hannity to be a message from Trump” after he came under scrutiny by the feds, according to newly released memos.
The lobbyist and former Manafort partner pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI and conspiring to hide millions he earned from work he did for Ukraine.
Bank records cited by the FBI show that Manafort received some of the money that Ukraine’s “Black Ledger” alleged he was paid.
The trove of emails stolen by a Kremlin-linked hacker were embraced by Trump’s campaign as a helpful distraction, but his then-campaign chairman blamed Ukraine from the get-go.
Trump crony Paul Manafort and drug lord El Chapo have been transferred to new facilities while the financier stays behind in solitary at Manhattan's notorious federal prison.