- President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort surrendered to the FBI on Monday, three days after reports surfaced that special counsel Robert Mueller had issued the first indictments in the Russia investigation.
- Manafort’s longtime business associate and protege Rick Gates was also indicted and told to surrender.
- The two were charged with several federal crimes, including conspiracy against the United States.
President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort’s former business associate Rick Gates were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller and told to surrender to federal authorities on Monday.
Manafort walked into the FBI’s field office with his lawyer Kevin Downing in Washington, DC at around 8:15 a.m. on Monday morning.
In a 31-page indictment, the FBI charged Manafort and Gates with conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, being unregistered agents of a foreign principal, and false and misleading statements about their work as foreign agents.
Manafort has been at the center of Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow during the 2016 election. The indictments against Manafort and Gates are the first since former FBI Director James Comey launched the probe over a year ago. Mueller took over the probe after Comey was fired in May.
Manafort was forced to step down as Trump’s campaign chairman in May, but Gates stayed and worked on Trump’s transition team. He was ousted from a pro-Trump lobbying group in April amid questions about Russia’s election interference, and continued to visit the White House as late as June, according to The Daily Beast.
Read the indictment below:
Natasha Bertrand contributed to this report.
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