On November 13, the White House formally withdrew its nomination of San Diego Developer “Papa” Doug Manchester to be Ambassador to The Bahamaas. As we have posted previously, the Nassau Guardian reported in late October that Mr. Manchester “has stepped back from his bid to become the United States ambassador for The Bahamas.” The report said that when reached for comment, Manchester Financial Group wrote in a statement, “He has withdrawn due to the threats on his and his family’s lives including three infant children under four years old.” The report also said: “It also noted that Manchester had received “severe” threats on his life.” (see WH Withdraws Doug Manchester’s Nomination to be U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas).
The report does not include details on who made these threats against the nominee and if there is an ongoing investigation concerning these threats.
LAT article notes that the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego issued a news release on Nov. 5 announcing that Daniel Hector Mackinnon had been sentenced to seven years in prison for politically motivated attacks against Manchester and a Raytheon building. This was an April incident where a man reportedly attempted to set fire to Manchester’s La Jolla home.
On November 18, CBS New broke the news of a “possible pay-to-play scheme for ambassador role in Trump administration.”
A CBS News investigation has uncovered a possible pay-for-play scheme involving the Republican National Committee and President Trump’s nominee for ambassador to the Bahamas. Emails obtained by CBS News show the nominee, San Diego billionaire Doug Manchester, was asked by the RNC to donate half a million dollars as his confirmation in the Senate hung in the balance, chief investigative correspondent Jim Axelrod reports.
The Senate confirmation process is exactly what Manchester quickly addressed. He wrote back to McDaniel’s request for $500,000, “As you know I am not supposed to do any, but my wife is sending a contribution for $100,000. Assuming I get voted out of the [Foreign Relations Committee] on Wednesday to the floor we need you to have the majority leader bring it to a majority vote … Once confirmed, I our [sic] family will respond!”
SFRC’s Risch reportedly “alerted the White House, which then asked Manchester to withdraw.”
Emails obtained by @CBSNews show that President Trump's nominee for ambassador to the Bahamas was asked by the RNC to donate half a million dollars as his confirmation in the Senate hung in the balance. https://t.co/54aGRcZ6tO pic.twitter.com/WAbJnc5JNg
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 18, 2019
San Diego developer Doug Manchester the subject of possible 'pay-to-play' in failed Trump nomination https://t.co/NAYqSRirJY
— L.A. Times Politics (@latimespolitics) November 19, 2019
Doug Manchester donates $1M to Trump gets nominated to be Ambassador to the Bahamas.
Confirmation stalls. RNC asks him for another $500K. He responds, ccing Senators on the committee, that he will provide $100K now, the rest when he is confirmed. https://t.co/tQtbCEAUTd pic.twitter.com/pqvpOcR4Qg
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) November 18, 2019
It is long overdue for the US to have an Ambassador in the Bahamas. Doug Manchester has waited for 2 years! He is qualified, and very much needed! The Sen should act immediately upon returning. @RandPaul @SenatorRisch @marcorubio @RonJohnsonWI @SenMarkey @BobMenendezNJ @tedcruz https://t.co/OPZrnDIAmM
— Sergio Gor (@SergioGor) September 8, 2019
— San Diego Reader (@sdreader) June 29, 2017