Manafort was, at the time, representing Russian business and political interests during the Obama era. The source said the Podesta Group was in regular contact with Manafort while Hillary Clinton was America's chief diplomat. In 2013, the group hired away one of Clinton's deputies, David Adams, effectively establishing contact between the Washington firm and Clinton's office in Foggy Bottom, D.C. The source said Tony Podesta spoke regularly with Clinton and was the one who personally hired Adams. During this time, the Uranium One deal was being facilitated by the White House. According to Carlson, "Manafort was clear that Russia wanted to cultivate ties to Hillary" because she appeared to be the presumptive 45th president. http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/10/...nd-paul-manafort-subject-mueller-russia-probe Maybe this is why President Trump fired Paul Manafort.