After months of leaks and anticipation in the Robert Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and foreign government officials, indictments and arrests have finally happened.
Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, along with his associate, Rick Gates, were indicted on Friday and turned themselves in to the FBI on Monday. Because both are considered “flight risks,” government officials asked that both should be placed on house arrest after posting bail.
Carol Costello of Headline News tweeted the following details.
Charges against the two former Trump campaign officials range from conspiracy against the United States to money laundering to lying to FBI officials during questioning. Both men pled “not guilty” to all charges. The indictment was a 30-page document that listed the charges and was released online shortly after the two men turned themselves in.
According to Bloomberg News:
‘Prosecutors said Manafort laundered more than $18 million from offshore accounts to support a “lavish lifestyle,” including buying homes, cars and clothing. He and Gates, his longtime deputy, hid foreign accounts from the U.S. government, failed to disclose work for a foreign government and misrepresented their activities to authorities as recently as 2017, according to the indictment.’
USA Today explained the indictments even more fully:
‘The indictment alleges the pair worked for the government of Ukraine from at least 2006 to 2015 but did not register as lobbyists for foreign government as required by law. To hide the tens of millions of dollars they were paid, Manafort and Gates laundered money through scores of U.S. and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts, according to the indictment. Manafort allegedly used his hidden wealth to enjoy a “lavish lifestyle” without paying taxes on the income. Gates used money from offshore accounts to pay for such personal expenses as his mortgage, children’s tuition and interior decorating of his Virginia residence, according to the indictment.’
White House correspondent for Quartz, Heather Timmons, who was present at the court hearing following the indictment, tweeted more details.
For more coverage of the Manafort/Gates indictments and arrests, see below:
Twitter was abuzz with the news, while desperate Trump supporters continued clinging to their attempts to spin the story against Hillary Clinton with wild speculation.
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