Jesse Benton, former campaign manager for Paul, McConnell, indicted

Jesse Benton, then-campaign manager for Sen. Mitch McConnell, in April 2013.

A former campaign manager for both of Kentucky's U.S. senators, who was convicted on criminal charges in 2016 and pardoned by President Trump in late 2020, is facing more federal charges.

Jesse Benton has been indicted on multiple counts, including conspiracy to solicit and cause an illegal campaign contribution by a foreign national, the Department of Justice said in a statement Monday.

Benton is accused of "conspiring" with Roy Douglas “Doug” Wead of Florida "to solicit a political contribution from a Russian foreign national."

Wead told the foreign national he could arrange for them to meet with a 2016 presidential candidate "in exchange for a payment," the Justice Department says in court documents.

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