Ex-Trump campaign manager indicted
WASHINGTON: Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, was indicted on charges of money laundering and conspiracy against the United States, the most serious step yet in a special counsel investigation into Russian links with Trump’s 2016 White House campaign.
Manafort, 68, a longtime Republican operative, arrived at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington field office on Monday morning to hand himself in after being indicted by a federal grand jury.
Manafort associate Rick Gates was also indicted. He was also due to surrender, the New York Times reported.
The 12-count indictment was the first from the investigation by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump’s favour.
Lawyers for Gates and Manafort did not immediately return calls for comment.
The Russia investigations by Mueller and by several congressional panels have cast a shadow over the Republican’s ninemonth-old presidency and have widened the rift between Republicans and Democrats. Full story @ timesofoman.com/world