Yikes! Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, has been indicted on 12 counts, which includes conspiracy against the United States. He turned himself into the FBI on Monday morning.
Manafort is not the only one going down here though, as it also includes his former business partner Rick Gates.
The indictment release, which is 31 pages long, was unsealed on Monday morning. It states that Manafort and Gates, “together with others, knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency, namely the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury.”
They are being charged with the laundering of millions of dollars that flowed “through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts.”
They are also facing two charges of acting as unregistered agents of foreign principal, misleading the government regarding the nature of their foreign lobbying efforts, making false statements, and seven counts of failure to file the appropriate government documents relating to their foreign financial accounts.
The charges are related to work done by Manafort and Gates on behalf of a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine. Mueller alleges they were paid tens of millions of dollars for the work and then laundered the money “in order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities.”
Separately, however, prosecutors announced that former Trump campaign aide George Papaopolous, 30, had pleaded guilty last month to lying to investigators about conversations he had with a foreign professor who told him he had thousands of emails containing “dirt” on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
He also allegedly lied about his contact with a Russian woman who the Justice Department says he worked with “in an effort to arrange a meeting between the campaign and Russian government officials.”
Papadopolous allegedly emailed a Russian with connections to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, forwarding information from the correspondences to a top campaign official not identified in the documents. On numerous occasions, he tried to negotiate a meeting with either Trump or campaign officials and “members of President Putin’s office” as well as the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officials said. Those meetings never occurred.
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