Ex-Trump Campaign Manager and his Business Partner Indicted as the First Charges from Mueller’s Russia-Trump Campaign Collusion Investigations Begin to Roll Out

On October 27, Paul Manafort, a ex-Trump campaign manager, and Richard Gates, his business partner, were indicted on 12 charges stemming from Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the election. Manafort and Gates turned them selves in Monday morning.

The Charges stem from Manafort’s work before becoming Trump’s campaign manager. The charges are Conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, 3 counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts for calendar years 2011-2014 each for both Manafort and Gates, a charge for being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal and for providing a false and misleading FARA statement.

Between 2006 – 2016, Manafort’s and Gates operated as lobbyist in Ukraine without registering with the United States to avoid taxes. Subsequently, Manafort used foreign bank accounts to hide his profits from the government and used money laundering to live a lavish life in the US while avoiding detection. Manafort also lied on his taxes and to tax preparers to hide his foreign bank accounts and holdings.

Manafort joined the Trump campaign in Mar. 2016 but resigned in Aug. 2016 after a report that Manafort may have illegally received $12.7 million in off the book funds from the Party of Regions in Ukraine. The charges stem from Manafort’s actions prior to his joining the campaign and prove no instances of collusion. President Donald Trump took to twitter to comment on the news.

NPR 

New York Times

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