(Washington Free Beacon) – Donald Trump’s newest campaign surrogate previously came under congressional scrutiny for extracting large sums from lobbying clients through arrangements that he admitted amounted to “influence-peddling.”
Veteran Republican consultant Paul Manafort, who appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday in his new role as a top Trump campaign adviser, came under scrutiny in the late 1980s for securing federal housing subsidies for clients that paid his firm hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“You could characterize this, in a narrow sense, as influence-peddling,” Manafort admitted in congressional testimony on the scheme.
While the episode took place more than a quarter-century ago, it underscores the rhetorical challenge for Trump—whose campaign is in large measure a backlash against entrenched “beltway” interests—in elevating to a senior campaign role a long-time lobbyist and political insider.
Lobbyists “are people that don’t necessarily love our country,” Trump has said in the past. “We have to stop it. We have to stop it.”
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment on this story.
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