Paul Manafort may plan to leave the country soon, after he was reportedly notified that he will be indicted by federal prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller.
The former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump has been targeted by investigators probing alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, and a New York Times report revealed he had continued lobbying on behalf of foreign interests.
Right around the time Manafort’s home was raided before dawn by federal agents, the newspaper reported, he started working for groups allied with Iraq’s Kurdish minority to promote a referendum for independence that’s officially opposed by the U.S.
Federal prosecutors warned Manafort afterward that they planned to indict him — and the former campaign chairman began making plans to travel overseas.
Manafort has traveled to the Kurdistan region since he was approached by an intermediary for the Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani’s son, the newspaper reported.
One of his business associates is already in Iraq preparing for Monday’s referendum, and Manafort himself may soon return for the vote, the newspaper reported.