Doug Manchester appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Image from Video

CBS News reported Monday that the Republican Party appeared to seek a major donation from San Diego developer Doug Manchester in return for his confirmation as ambassador to the Bahamas.

Emails obtained by the network are said to show that Manchester was asked by the Republican National Committee to donate $500,000 to ensure his confirmation, and that Manchester agreed to make a donation after his nomination moved forward.

Manchester, who is known as “Papa Doug,” had donated $1 million to President Trump’s inauguration fund, and was offered the Bahamas post the day after Trump was sworn into office.

Then Manchester’s nomination stalled in the Senate.

In an interview with Jim Axelrod, CBS’ chief investigative reporter, Manchester denied there was any “pay-for-play.”

“Does any part of you feel if you had just cut the check for $500,000 that you would be the ambassador to the Bahamas?” Axelrod asked Manchester.

“No, because first of all, you have to get out of committee and you have to be voted on the floor,” Manchester said. “It’s a big process.”

The White House formally withdrew the ambassador nomination last week, and last month Manchester withdrew himself from consideration due to what he said were threats against him and his family.

Manchester has a vacation home in the Bahamas, and organized a private relief flight after last year’s deadly Hurricane Dorian, prompting Trump to tweet, “I would also like to thank ‘Papa’ Doug Manchester, hopefully the next Ambassador to the Bahamas, for the incredible amount of time, money and passion he has spent on helping to bring safety to the Bahamas.”

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