Ex-Trump cam­paign man­ager in­dicted

Times of Oman - - WORLD -

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

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