‘At most an acquaintance,’ Moynihan says of Manafort
NEW CANAAN — Shortly after Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was indicted on federal conspiracy charges, a picture of Kevin Moynihan and Manafort was shared on social media.
Moynihan, a Republican candidate for first selectman, said while he did attend Georgetown University at the same time as Manafort, he was, at most, an acquaintance.
“I think New Canaan voters are too intelligent to be fooled by those who raise my support of Trump during the 2016 campaign or my Georgetown association with Paul Manafort as relevant issues for our local election,” Moynihan said Tuesday.
Kit Devereaux, the Democratic candidate for first selectman, didn’t raise this association as an issue for the upcoming elections.
Moynihan was in the College of Arts and Sciences while Manafort was in the Business School at Georgetown. They both graduated in 1971 but were not involved in any extracurricular activities together, the candidate said.
From 1990 to 2006, Moynihan served as chairman of reunion fundraising for his Georgetown class. During that time, Moynihan reached out to Manafort, and other alumni, to solicit funds for reunions. Moynihan remarked that Manafort was not “a big donor” and donated $5,000 a year.
Manafort was charged on Monday by special counsel Robert Mueller on counts of conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal and false and misleading statements among others. Manafort pleaded not guilty to these charges.
“If (Manafort) failed to comply with any of these laws, the indictment may have merit as regards (to) these specific charges,” Moynihan said.
Moynihan, a former Wall Street attorney, said he recognizes the importance of complying with money laundering laws and other federal statutes.
“I have no reason to comment,” Moynihan said. “I only know what I read. It doesn't appear to have anything to do with his time with the Trump campaign. The legal process will take its course.”
Elections to determine the first selectman of New Canaan will be held on Nov. 7. Moynihan is running against Democratic candidate Kit Devereaux for the position.