Paul Manafort resigned Friday as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman following a week of campaign hires and stories connecting Manafort to a pro-Kremlin government.
“This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign. I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process,” Trump said in a statement. “Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”
The week was filled with bumps in the road for Manafort. On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Manafort was found on a ledger of illegal cash payments from former Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych.
On Wednesday, the Trump campaign announced that campaign senior advisor Kellyanne Conway would be promoted to campaign manager and Breitbart executive chairman Stephen Bannon would become campaign CEO. Then on Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Manafort worked for the Ukranian government to undermine American interests. Manafort has maintained he worked for a political party and not the government.
Manafort joined the Trump campaign in late March as campaign convention manager at a time when a contested convention seemed likely.