According to the former Donald Trumps former campaign manager Paul Manafort is reportedly wanted for questioning by American and Ukrainian officials. The questioning is related to Manaforts involvement "surrounding separate investigations related to his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine once headed by that country’s disgraced former president Viktor Yanukovych," according to Politico.

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To connect the dots between Donald Trump and Russia starts and ends with Connecticut.

Trump’s one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who cut his teeth as a political fixer in the state, is once again a prime person of interest in a deepening probe into Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election.

Under questioning Monday from Connecticut Democrat Jim Himes, of the House Intelligence Committee, the FBI’s embattled director James Comey was pressed about whether Manafort ever registered as a lobbyist for a foreign government.

Manafort’s previous clients include the pro-Russian former president of the Ukraine, for whom he reportedly funneled $2.2 million to a pair of major Washington, D.C., lobbying firms. That activity, compounded with U.S. intelligence findings that the Russians meddled in the election, has fueled questions of Trump’s legitimacy as president.

“I think the facts would show that he never did register,” Himes said. “It perhaps should come as no surprise that the Republican platform, which was drafted at the Republican Convention in July of 2016, underwent a pretty significant change with respect to the American response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and their aggression in that country. It appears from our standpoint that we had perhaps somebody who should have registered (as a foreign agent) pulling the strings there.”

Comey, a former constituent of Himes when he resided in Westport and was general counsel for the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, said he could not discuss Manafort or any other individuals who might be in the crosshairs of the FBI.

He did confirm that there is an ongoing investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians’ efforts to influence the outcome of the election. But the FBI chief further declined to say whether his agency is participating in a Ukrainian anti-corruption probe centering on Manafort.

“I can say generally we have a very strong relationship in cooperation with criminal and national security areas with our Ukrainian partners,” Comey said.

A request for comment was left Monday for Manafort, a New Britain native.

Himes said after the hearing that he will push for Manafort to appear before Congress, in addition to Trump confidante Roger Stone, a Norwalk native, who Himes said had an uncanny ability to predict what would appear in Wikileaks during the campaign.

“I would certainly put Paul Manafort at the top of that list,” Himes said of future witnesses.

The White House distanced itself Monday from Manafort, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer saying during his daily press briefing that Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time.”

Trump enlisted Manafort last March to sew up the GOP nomination and quash the “Never Trump” movement in the party. Manafort’s run as Trump’s campaign chairman ended in August with role being reduced and then his resignation.

Stone said he was tied up with a television interview and not immediately available for comment Monday.

Both Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers said during Monday’s blockbuster five-hour committee session that there was no evidence that Russia hacked into the election databases of key battleground states.

“The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process,” Trump tweeted from his official presidential account during the hearing.

Himes read the tweet to Comey and Rogers.

“So that’s not quite that accurate that tweet?” Himes said. “This tweet has gone out to millions of Americans, 16.1 million to be exact.”

“We’ve offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it’s never something that we looked at,” Comey responded.

Comey drew the ire of Democrats last fall when he announced the FBI was reopening its probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Now, he’s likely to be on Trump’s bad side, having told Congress Monday that Trump’s allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign is unfounded.

“We don’t have any information that supports those tweets,” Comey said.; 203-625-4436;