Manafort resigned from Trump’s campaign during the summer amid infighting and unflattering news stories about Manafort’s ties to the Kremlin as a political operative who worked for the former Russian-backed president of Ukraine since 2006. His testimony comes as the House Intelligence Committee, its Senate counterpart and the FBI each conduct investigations into the role Russia played in meddling in the 2016 election.
The hearing begins at 10 a.m.
The Gallup daily poll, based on a three-day rolling average released Saturday, shows 37 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 58 percent disapprove.
“We don’t have any evidence … I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower,” committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters.
They include two officers of the Russian intelligence agency FSB, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, and two hackers hired by the Russians, Alexsey Belan and Karim Baratov, the Justice Department said at a news conference.
Police arrested 65 people around Trump Tower on Fifth Ave., most of them on disorderly conduct or obstruction charges, as protesters marched through Manhattan.
Early Saturday morning, in a series of tweets, President Trump accused former president Barack Obama of tapping Trump’s phones at Trump Tower during the run up to last year’s November election. President Trump failed to offer any evidence of the alleged surveillance.