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2 Republicans Pledge to Give Away Manafort's Donations If He's Convicted

2 Republicans Pledge to Give Away Manafort's Donations If He's Convicted
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By    |   Thursday, 02 November 2017 03:05 PM

Two Republican congressmen promised to donate campaign funds from Paul Manafort to charity if President Donald Trump's former campaign manager is convicted in the U.S. Russia probe, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday.

Andy Harris of Maryland received $500 from Manafort in 2008, and Dana Rohrabacher of California got $1,000 in 1997 and another $1,000 in 2013, according to the website Open Secrets. 

Sen. John MCain, R-Ariz., got $2,300 from Manafort in 2007, but his office failed to return a call seeking comment on his plans for the contributions.

Manafort, a former Washington, D.C., lobbyist, is facing a 12-count indictment from Robert Mueller, the former FBI director leading the investigation into suspected ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.

Harris spokeswoman Nicole Beus told the Examiner that the congressman pledged to donate the money to charity if Manafort is convicted, but he doesn't know why Manafort contributed to his failed campaign in 2008. Harris won his House seat two years later.

Rohrabacher is committed to giving the Manafort money to charity if he is convicted, said spokesman Ken Grubbs.

Rohrabacher, an anti-Soviet Cold War partisan, has become an unlikely defender of Russia at a time when most members of Congress are warning that Moscow is a strategic threat to the United States.

Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, once bragged that he armed-wrestled Vladimir Putin, when the Russian president was a deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, but lost.

"He's a little guy, but boy, I'll tell yea. He put me down in a millisecond! He is tough. His muscles are just unbelievable," he told KPCC, the Southern California Public Radio station in 2013. 

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