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Manafort First To Be Indicted In Mueller’s Russia Probe
Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016, has reportedly surrendered to FBI officials in connection to the investigation related to Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections, and possible collusion between campaign officials and the Kremlin.
Along with Manafort, his former business partner Rick Gates was also asked to surrender to the FBI.
Manafort was seen walking into FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. this morning, the Washington Post reported. Gates similarly turned himself in to officials..
The 12 indictment charges against Manafort and Gates are related to “conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading [statements to investigators]…and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.”
Statement from Peter Carr, spokesperson for the special counsel’s office: pic.twitter.com/QrUjNVmHZA
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 30, 2017
The charges against Manafort and Gates in no way indicate that the Russia investigation will result in charges to other officials close to the president, or to Trump himself. However, the investigation is still ongoing, and looking into a number of possible other charges, the Washington Post reports.
Manafort served as Trump’s campaign manager from June 2016 up until he was fired from his position later that summer for connection to secret payments on a Ukrainian ledger.
Gates had worked with an organization called “America First Policies, a super PAC aligned with Trump’s agenda, up until March of this year, when he resigned due to pressures relating to his connection with Manafort.
These are just the first charges to come out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. But they aren’t likely to be his last. There remains a lot of things unknown at this point, who else Mueller is watching, and what charges may come about — whether others will be charged with money-related crimes, like Manafort, or will be charged with something more nefarious.
What we can conclude, however, is that several members of the Trump administration are probably feeling a bit uneasy — including possibly Trump himself.