The Trump administration has been scrambling to distance themselves from Paul Manafort in light of the FBI investigation that brought numerous charges against the former campaign chairman.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders drove the wedge further on Monday by saying:
Paul Manafort was brought in to lead the delegate process, which he did, and was dismissed not too long after that.
Even back in March, then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer said:
Paul was brought on sometime in June, and by the middle of August he was no longer with the campaign.
But according to leaked text messages of Manfort's daughter, Andrea Manafort-Shand, her father and Trump have had a very close relationship for nearly a decade. The transcription of the text messages between Manafort Shand and her sister Jessica, and Manafort Shand and unknown friends appeared on Huffington Post.