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The Wall Street Journal: Former Trump campaign chief Manafort strikes deal to avoid public testimony

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman reached an agreement with Capitol Hill investigators Tuesday to avoid public testimony about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, heading off the threat of being compelled to appear, according to a person familiar with the matter.

In exchange for his cooperation, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to withdraw a subpoena it issued on Monday night that would have required Paul Manafort’s presence at a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Separately, Manafort met Tuesday with investigators on the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed-door interview, his spokesman said.

The interest in Manafort’s testimony opens a new phase in the Capitol Hill probes into alleged Russian interference in the election.

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