#PresidentTrump’s former campaign manager #PaulManafort and his business associate #RickGates will reportedly surrender to federal police in Washington D.C. today in connection with the Russia probe. They are the first to be charged in the special counsel’s five month-long investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as well as possible collision between Trump campaign associates and Russia.
Both Manafort and Gates have been indicted on twelve counts of conspiracy against the U.S., conspiracy to launder money, serving as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading Foreign Agents Registration Act statements, false statements as well as seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.
“Manafort laundered more than $18 million to support a “lavish lifestyle,” including buying U.S. real estate, and of defrauding financial institutions that loaned him money, according to an indictment unsealed Monday. He and Gates, his longtime deputy, hid foreign accounts from the U.S., failed to disclose their work for a foreign government and misrepresented their work to authorities as recently as 2017, according to the indictment.”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is getting intense and if Manafort and Gates cooperate with prosecutors and tell them everything they know about Trump’s campaign, then they could be granted some leniency.
President Trump has dismissed Mueller’s probe in a tweet as “the single greatest witch hunt in American political history” and says that there is no collusion going on.
What are your thoughts, Roommates?!
Y’all can read the full indictment here:
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