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Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns

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Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort is resigning from the campaign.

In a statement, Trump praised Manafort’s work on the campaign and called him a “true professional.”

Earlier this week, Manafort was replaced as campaign manager and moved to a chairman position in a staff shake-up, after it was learned that he had worked with a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine and was allegedly to receive millions of dollars from that group.

Manafort’s resignation comes a day after the Associated Press reported that confidential emails from Manafort’s firm contradicted his claims that he had never lobbied on behalf of Ukrainian political figures in the U.S.

Emails between Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates, also a top Trump adviser, and the lobbying firm Mercury LLC showed that Manafort’s firm directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s then-ruling
political party.

The Times of London had reported on the cash payments.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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