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Senate committee drops Manafort subpoena

By Ray Downs
Senate committee drops Manafort subpoena
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort looks over the teleprompter before Republican candidate for President Donald Trump speaks at Trump Soho Hotel in New York City on June 22, 2016. The Senate committee investigating Russian collusion dropped a subpoena to compel Manafort to testify about alleged Russian ties. File Photo by Bryan R. Smith/UPI | License Photo

July 25 (UPI) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday dropped a subpoena to compel Paul Manafort, the former chairman for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, to testify in its Russia probe, unnamed sources said.

Earlier in the day, the committee issued a subpoena for Manafort to testify in a hearing Wednesday. Those plans have been scrapped in exchange for his meeting with Senate committee investigators, unnamed sources told Politico.

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"Paul Manafort met this morning, by previous agreement, with the bipartisan staff of the Senate intelligence committee and answered their questions fully," Manafort's spokesman, Paul Maloni, said in a statement to CNN.

Manafort also provided documents to the Senate intelligence committee.

Plans are in development for Manafort to meet with another Senate committee.

Manafort has been accused of colluding with unknown Russian government operatives during his time with the Trump campaign. The longtime Republican Party operative and occasional overseas political strategist has repeatedly denied the accusations. A report that he received nearly $13 million off the books from a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party led to his resignation as Trump's campaign chairman in August 2016.

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser to Trump, has also been implicated in suspected collusion with the Kremlin after meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. He spoke to the House intelligence committee Monday and said the meeting was proper.

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