Manafort, Trump’s ally, has been removed from the plane for allegedly violating his passport

Paul Manafort, a former adviser to Trump, was removed from a plane at Miami International Airport before heading to Dubai for carrying a revoked passport.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Jabaleta has confirmed that Manafort was removed from an Emirates Airlines flight without incident Sunday night, but has instructed U.S. border and customs security to question further. That agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A lawyer representing Manafort did not return a call or email seeking comment Wednesday.

In May 2020, Manafort was released from a low-security prison where he is serving a seven-year federal sentence for coronavirus concerns. Although Manafort has not done enough to qualify for release under the guidelines, the prison bureau has decided to release him because of his age and poor health, a source familiar with the matter said. In December 2020, Trump pardoned Manafort.

Manafort’s removal was first reported by the website.

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