Manafort Indicted in Mueller Probe, Surrenders

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, turned himself in Monday to the FBI after Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller asked a grand jury to indict him, CNN reports. Manafort was indicted under seal on Friday along with Rick Gates, who also worked on Trump’s campaign. The specific charges were not immediately known.  

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, turned himself in Monday to the FBI, CNN reports. Manafort was indicted under seal on Friday, along with Rick Gates, who also worked on Trump’s campaign. Gates is a longtime business associate of Manafort. The indictment is expected to be unsealed later Monday. The specific charges were not immediately known. The indictment signals a dramatic new phase of special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and members of Trump’s team as well as potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes.

Manafort, whose work for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has attracted scrutiny from federal investigators, has denied financial wrongdoing regarding his Ukraine-related payments, his bank accounts in offshore tax shelters, and various real-estate transactions over the years. He is the first person in Trump’s orbit charged in the special counsel investigation. Mueller has taken a broad approach to his mandate that includes a focus on the financial dealings of Trump’s team. The FBI in July executed a no-knock search warrant with guns drawn at Manafort’s home in Alexandria, Va., seizing financial and tax documents, including some that had already been provided to congressional investigators.

from https://thecrimereport.org