Paul Manafort in­dicted on con­spir­acy, other charges

‘Mis­deeds’ were years ago, says US Prez about for­mer cam­paign man­ager

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

Paul Manafort, a for­mer cam­paign man­ager for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, sur­ren­dered to the FBI on Mon­day and another ex-aide pleaded guilty to ly­ing to agents in the most se­ri­ous steps yet of a fed­eral probe into Rus­sian med­dling in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Manafort, 68, a long­time Repub­li­can op­er­a­tive, ar­rived at the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion’s Wash­ing­ton field of­fice to hand him­self in af­ter be­ing in­dicted by a fed­eral grand jury on charges in­clud­ing money laun­der­ing and con­spir­acy against the United States.

In a sep­a­rate an­nounce­ment on Mon­day, the of­fice of Jus­tice Depart­ment Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller said for­mer Trump cam­paign aide Ge­orge Pa­padopou­los had pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to mak­ing false state­ments to FBI agents in the Rus­sia probe. Pa­padopou­los is an in­ter­na­tional en­ergy lawyer.

Manafort as­so­ciate Rick Gates was named along­side Manafort in the 12-count in­dict­ment, which was the first from Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in last year’s cam­paign to try to tilt the vote in Trump’s favour.

Nei­ther Trump nor his cam­paign were men­tioned in the in­dict­ment and many of the charges, some of which go back more than a decade, ap­pear re­lated to Manafort’s work for Ukraine’s pro-Rus­sian gov­ern­ment and po­lit­i­cal fig­ures there.

Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tions by Mueller and sev­eral con­gres­sional pan­els have cast a shadow over the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent’s first nine months in of­fice and have widened the rift be­tween Repub­li­cans and Democrats. Mean­while, ad­dress­ing the me­dia on Mon­day Pres­i­dent Trump said the ‘al­leged mis­deeds’ by his ex-cam­paign chair­man were com­mit­ted ‘years ago’.


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