Following his conviction in federal court on what could be considered trumped-up charges, it seems that Paul Manafort’s passport was revoked. Either he didn’t know this or was of a mind to risk flying overseas anyway. Over the weekend he was removed from a flight headed to Dubai.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta confirmed that Manafort was removed from the Emirates Airline flight without incident Sunday night but directed further questions to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Customs and Border Protection told DailyMail.com: “For privacy reasons, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is unable to discuss a specific individual’s arrival or departure into or from the United States.”
Manafort, 72, led former President Donald Trump’s campaign for several months during the 2016 presidential race but was ousted in August of that year after revelations about his business dealings in Ukraine.
And for some reason, he was headed to Dubai where a whole lot of private planes from Russia headed over the weekend also.
The committee’s investigation found that Manafort ‘represented a grave counterintelligence threat’ due to his relationship with Kilimnik and other Russians connected to the country’s intelligence services.
“Kilimnik quickly became an integral part of Manafort’s operations in Ukraine and Russia,” the report states, adding that the pair “formed a close and lasting relationship that would endure to the 2016 U.S. elections and beyond.”