Manchester’s political contributions, ambassador nod are subject of criminal probe

Records obtained by the Union-Tribune show subpoena being issued, witness summoned to testify in secret proceeding

Developer Doug Manchester attends a campaign rally for presidential candidate Donald Trump at the San Diego Convention Center in 2016.(John Gastaldo / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., has begun issuing subpoenas in a criminal investigation into the nomination of San Diego developer Douglas F. Manchester as ambassador to the Bahamas by former President Donald Trump.

The case appears to focus on the Republican National Committee and its two senior leaders, and possibly members of Congress.

Manchester, a well-known contributor to the Republican Party and to GOP elected officials and candidates, was nominated to become the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas in May 2017, just months into the Trump administration.

But the nomination stalled in the U.S. Senate, prompting Trump to re-nominate Manchester to the post early in 2018. That nomination also was held up from Senate approval. Manchester withdrew his nomination in October 2019, saying that he was removing his name from consideration due to threats to his family.

“As you know, I am not supposed to do any (political contributions during the confirmation process) but my wife is sending a contribution for $100,000,” he told McDaniel by email, CBS News reported.

“Assuming I get voted out of FRC (Foreign Relations Committee) on Wednesday to the floor we need you to have the majority leader bring it to a majority vote,” he added. “Once confirmed our family will respond.”  read more…

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