Meanwhile, the Judiciary Committee issued its subpoena Monday night to compel him to testify at a hearing Wednesday.
Manafort on Tuesday met with investigators from the Senate Intelligence Committee - which is conducting one of four major investigations into Trump's ties to Russia - to discuss that Trump Tower meeting and his previous work on behalf of Russian interests.
Manafort, whose name seems to come up so much in this administration's Russia probe that I assumed he was Russian (spoiler: He's not), was attempting to provide a statement to the committee without having to appear before the members, but committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Sen.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner speaks to the media outside the White House in Washington, Monday, July 24, 2017, after meeting behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee on the investigation into p.
Neither Manafort nor his consulting firm registered as a foreign agent until late June, when the firm retroactively filed papers showing that the firm had received $17.1 million over two years from the pro-Russia Ukrainian political party.
A federal special counsel and several congressional panels are investigating allegations by US intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election and potential connections between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.
"Let me be very clear", Kushner said afterward in a rare public statement at the White House. He is the first top Trump lieutenant to be quizzed by the congressional investigators probing Russia's interference in the election.
The statement goes on to say that the committee will consider excusing Manafort's participation if he is "willing to agree to production of documents and a transcribed interview, with the understanding that the interview would not constitute a waiver of his rights or prejudice the committee's right to compel his testimony in the future". Donald Trump Jr. had arranged the meeting in response to what his emails described as an offer of help from the Russian government with damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
The president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has added a lawyer with congressional experience to his legal team, the lawyer told Reuters on Sunday. He has also said that he "never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers".