Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Indicted In Relation To Russia Investigation

The charges include conspiracy against the United States.

Paul Manafort, President Trump's former camaign chair, has been indicted on a handful of charges pertaining to the ongoing investigation helmed by Robert S. Mueller III, according to the New York Times.

Mueller had launched the investigation back in May after concerns about the Trump campaign's relations to foreign adversaries came under scrutiny. The details of the indictment, which includes charges of conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, and making false and misleading statements, among others, were unsealed on Monday morning.

Manafort was indicted along with his associate Rick Gates. George Papadopoulos, an early foreign policy advisers to Trump’s presidential campaign, has already pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about a contact with Russian interlocutors. Papadopoulos specifically is accused of lying “about the timing, extent and nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian government officials,” according to the complaint.

The indictments issued make no specific mention of Trump, but describe Manafort's relation (both finacial and political) to Russian oligarchs, for whom he lobbied. Manafort is now believed to have laundered $18 million through these relationships.

“Manafort used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States without paying taxes on that income ... As part of the scheme, Manafort and Gates repeatedly provided false information to financial bookkeepers, tax accountants and legal counsel, among others,” the indictment reads.

Manafort and Gates have surrendered to the F.B.I. without incident. Both are scheduled to be arraigned later today. The most serious of the charges carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Trump has already begun tweeting his reactions to the situation, in which he claims that the charges have nothing to do with his campaign:

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