Former Donald Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort has been indicted in connection to the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and will turn himself in to the FBI Monday.
Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates, who was also been ordered to turn himself in and did so, are the first people to be arrested in connection with the probe.
But the indictment, which was unsealed Monday morning includes no charges related to the campaign. Nevertheless, the charges against Manafort could be used by Meuller to pressure him into revealing criminal activity committed by others on the campaign, including the president. That assumes there is any criminal activity at all. Manafort could always make some up, of course, to save his skin.
According to the Associated Press:
The indictment lays out 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, acting as an unregistered foreign agent and several charges related to failing to report foreign bank and financial accounts. The indictment alleges that they moved money through hidden bank accounts in Cyprus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Seychelles. In total, more than $75 million flowed through the offshore accounts. Manafort is accused of laundering more than $18 million, according to the indictment.
The request for Manafort to turn himself in contrasts with the widely criticized pre-dawn raid on Manafort’s home in July, during which agents forced their way into his house with guns drawn.
Here is some video of Manafort surrendering to authorities.
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