Trump’s Former Campaign Head Paul Manafort and his Deputy Rick Gates Indicted by Federal Court for Money Laundering and Tax Evasion

Paul Manafort and Rick gates surrender to FBI to face charges of money laundering, tax evasion, and conspiracy against the United States | Campaign aide George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea of lying to the FBI earlier in the month also revealed

Trump’s Former Campaign Head Paul Manafort and his Deputy Rick Gates Indicted by Federal Court for Money Laundering and Tax Evasion

President Donald Trump’s former campaign head, Paul Manafort, 68, has been indicted for Federal crimes of money laundering and tax fraud. According to investigators, he was involved in funneling millions of dollars through overseas shell companies and using the money, later, to buy luxury cars, antique rugs, and real estate.

His longtime business associate and campaign deputy, Rick Gates, 61, was also implicated and charged with transferring funds to the tune of at least $3 million from offshore accounts.

The charges are the outcome of a probe into the possible involvement of the Russian government in collusion with Trump’s campaign administration to influence the 2016 election.

However, both the accused, who surrendered to the FBI Monday morning, have pleaded not guilty to the charges in a federal courthouse in Washington. They have been confined to their homes by order of a Federal judge, with bail set on $10 million for Manafort and $5 million for Gates.

Gates spokesman, Glenn Selig, said Monday afternoon that while Gates “welcomes the opportunity to confront these charges in court” further comments will be reserved until the indictment was reviewed by his legal team.

Manafort’s legal team has not volunteered any comment.

The ongoing investigation is headed by special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was assigned the seemingly unenviable task in May this year.

Here are the 12 counts of charges against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.

  • One count of conspiracy to defraud the United States
  • One count of conspiracy to launder money
  • One count of making false statements in submissions to the Department of Justice
  • One count of making false and misleading statement related to the foreign agents registration act
  • One count of acting as unregistered foreign agents of the Ukrainian government, the Party of Regions and former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych
  • Four counts of failure by Manafort to report foreign bank and financial accounts.
  • Three counts of failure by Gates to report foreign bank and financial accounts.

Having joined the Trump election campaign in March last year, Manafort was terminated from his position as chief strategist and chairman following press revelations that he was the beneficiary of undisclosed payments of millions of dollars for consulting work in Ukraine.

It was also learned through court files unsealed on Monday by the Department of Justice that earlier this month, Trump’s former campaign advisor George Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to perjury in the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.

Papadopoulos, who was arrested at the Washington Dulles Airport on July 27, is believed to have lied to investigators about his interaction with Russian professor Joseph Mifsud, with close links to Moscow officials, concerning embarrassing emails of Hillary Clinton.

The emails were hacked by the Russian government with the intent of halting her progress in the presidential race and helping Trump’s campaign in the bargain.

“They have dirt on her,” the Russian professor is believed to have told Papadopoulos, according to the documents. “They have thousands of emails.”

Papadopoulos is also accused of attempting to negotiate a meeting between Trump or his campaign staff and Putin representatives. However, no evidence has emerged, thus far, to unequivocally prove that any such meeting ever took place.

If Papadopoulos is to be believed, he made the arrangements before he could join the Trump team, but evidence uncovered by the FBI is in contradiction to his claims.

Meanwhile, Trump continues to be defiant, denying all allegations of his direct involvement with Russian officials. He has conveniently distanced himself from Manafort claiming “NO COLLUSION” and has even questioned why “crooked Hillary & the Dems” are not the focus.

Papadopoulos’ guilty plea, however, is conspicuously missing from his statements.

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