Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was stopped from boarding a Dubai-bound plane on Sunday because he was carrying a revoked passport, The Associated Press reported.
Alvaro Zabaleto, the Miami-Dade Police Detective, told the AP that Manafort was stopped at Miami International Airport without incident. A lawyer for Manafort did not immediately return the outlet’s request for comment.
Manafort served as former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman for six months. He joined the operation in March 2016 and departed in August, three days after The New York Times reportedthat Ukraine’s pro-Russian Party of Regions had earmarked $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments for Manafort for his work consulting for the party between 2007 and 2012.
Manafort was a central figure in several threads of the FBI’s Russia investigation because of his extensive ties to pro-Russian individuals and entities.
Manafort was indicted in two separate cases stemming from the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow to tilt the race in his favor.
Both indictments centered on his political consulting work from 2006 to 2015 for pro-Russian interests like the Party of Regions and former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.