- Paul Manafort says that seeing prisoners being transported reminded him of “movies about the Holocaust.”
- The former Trump adviser has been convicted of several federal charges stemming from the Mueller investigation.
- He also revealed that he had informally advised people close to the 2020 campaign while hoping for a pardon.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said seeing prisoners being transported reminded him of “movies about the Holocaust,” according to a copy of his highly anticipated memoir obtained by the Guardian.
During Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Manafort was convicted of multiple federal criminal offenses arising from outside lobbying and consulting.
A Virginia jury found Manafort guilty on eight federal counts of tax fraud, bank fraud and failure to report foreign bank accounts in August 2018. Additionally, Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of conspiracy against the United States in a separate ruling. He was sentenced to 7 and a half years in prison in 2019.
According to the Guardian, Manafort recounted his experience in the federal prison system in the book, writing that at an airport “somewhere in Ohio” he sees “prisoners… who are being hunted in long lines and then separated on other buses and then to… planes Transportation… reminded me of films about the Holocaust.”
Manafort’s memoir, “Political Prisoner: Stabbed and Suspended, But Not Silenced,” is set for release on August 16. In the book, he portrayed himself as a victim of the Mueller investigation and the justice system.
Manafort also revealed in the book that he unofficially advised people close to the Trump campaign after he was released from prison to spend the rest of his sentence at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020. But Manafort kept this advice under wraps because he didn’t want to be a scapegoat for his loss. Trump, thus jeopardizing his chances of getting a presidential pardon, according to the excerpt.
“I didn’t want anything to preclude the president’s re-election or, more importantly, a possible pardon,” Manafort wrote, according to the Guardian.
Manafort said he had no contact with Trumpworld while in prison, and wrote, “And I didn’t want anything, especially if it could be exploited by MSM,” or the mainstream media.
“When the re-election campaign began, I was interacting, informally, with my friends who participated a lot,” Manafort wrote in the Guardian. “It was killing me not to be there, but I was indirectly advised of my dwelling.”
It remains unclear what informal advice Manafort gave or the friends he was talking to about the Trump campaign after he left prison and moved into an apartment in Northern Virginia.
“I had no promise of pardon, but I did,” Manafort wrote. My fear was that if I got in the way of the campaign and Trump lost, he might blame me, and I didn’t want that to happen.
Manafort received a presidential pardon from Trump in December 2020, writing that he learned of the news from a “very good doctor friend, Ron, who is also close to Donald and Melania” and a recurring judge on the Miss Universe pageant.
He wrote knowingly pardoning him and telling his wife, according to The Guardian, “It was like pressing a switch. We hugged and cried. I was free.”
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