Trump’s ex-campaign boss, his business partner indicted
MANAFORT, GATES CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY, MONEY LAUNDERING; NO RUSSIA COLLUSION — TRUMP
D onald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was charged yesterday with conspiracy against the US and money laundering, in the first indictments stemming from a sprawling probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe, also announced that a third person had pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators probing the campaign’s possible links to Russian interference.
Manafort, 68, and business partner Rick Gates, 45, were charged with allegedly hiding millions of dollars they earned working for former Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Moscow political party.
Both were put under house arrest after they pleaded not guilty to the charges. The two men appeared in Washington federal court yesterday after surrendering to the FBI earlier in the day.
Papadopoulos admits to lying
George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the campaign early last year, pleaded guilty on October 5 to making false statements, admitting he sought to hide contacts with a Moscow-linked professor offering “dirt” on Trump’s election rival Hillary Clinton. “Papadopoulos impeded the FBI’s ongoing investigation into the existence of any links or coordination between individuals associated with the campaign and the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” the indictment states.
Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the indictments, once again insisting there was no collusion with Russia and calling on Hillary Clinton to be investigated. “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus ????? ” Trump tweeted. “.... Also, there is NO COLLUSION!”
In all, Manafort and Gates were hit with 12 charges of conspiracy against the US, conspiracy to launder money, failing to register as a foreign agent, making false statements and failure to report offshore bank accounts. “Manafort and Gates generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work,” the indictment says.
“In order to hide Ukraine payments from US authorities, from approximately 2006 to at least 2016, Manafort and Gates laundered the money through scores of US and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts,” it added. Manafort’s indictment made no mention of Russian involvement in the US campaign.
President Donald Trump falsely claimed in a tweet that Paul Manafort’s indictment pre-dated his campaign. “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus ????? ” Trump said on Twitter at 10:25am in New York, following his former campaign chairman’s indictment Monday on money laundering and conspiracy charges.
“... Also, there is NO COLLUSION,” he said on Twitter three minutes later. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment alleges that Manafort and another former Trump campaign aide, Rick Gates, engaged in schemes to defraud banks and the US government from 2008 to 2017. Three of the criminal counts charged against Manafort and Gates cover activities through 2017 and another count includes activities through 2016, according to the 12-count indictment. delegates to remain committed to Trump. When Manafort left the campaign, Gates kept his role within the Republican National Committee.
He also worked closely with Trump-affiliated political action committee America First.
Manafort hides behind his car visor as he leaves his home in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday.
Donald Trump with then-campaign manager Manafort in Cleveland in July 2016. Manafort and Gates surrendered to the FBI yesterday.