Paul Manafort will testify on Russia before House Intelligence Committee


Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign, will testify before the House Intelligence Committee for its investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the presidential election, Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes announced on Friday.

Nunes said Manafort — through his legal counsel — volunteered to testify before the committee.

Manafort has faced criticism in recent weeks after reports that he was paid millions to promote Russian President Vladimir Putin's interests in the United States. 

Trump administration officials have sought to distance themselves from Manafort after the headlines emerged.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Manafort — who chaired Trump's campaign for a large chunk of the election — had a "very limited role" in the Trump campaign.

Still, despite the fact that Manafort will testify before the committee, Democrats are angry that Nunes canceled a scheduled hearing on March 28 with other key figures in the government's Russia investigation, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general whom Trump fired in January

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the committee, said Nunes was trying to "choke off public info" by canceling the March 28 hearing.

March 24, 2017 11:40 a.m.: This article has been updated