Manafort indicted on conspiracy, money laundering in Russia investigation – Political News

WASHINGTON (AP, NBC News) – Two former Trump associates have been ordered to surrender themselves to federal authorities.

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former Trump business associate Rick Gates have been told to surrender in the Mueller probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. NBC News cameras spotted Manafort leaving his house in Alexandria, Va. Monday morning.

The 12 count indictment includes charges ranging from conspiracy against the United States to money laundering and offshore bank accounts, and represents the first charges filed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

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The White House has declined to comment.

DNC Chair Tom Perez issued a statement following the indictiments on Manafor and Gates.

“The Chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign and his deputy have been charged with conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, and making false statements – all related to their work to promote a pro-Putin regime. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates ran Trump’s campaign and continued to be a part of his inner circle after Election Day. This underscores the seriousness of the investigation into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. It’s time for Republicans to commit to protecting this investigation and preserving the rule of law.”

Mueller was appointed as special counsel in May to lead the Justice Department’s investigation into whether the Kremlin worked with associates of the Trump campaign to tip the 2016 presidential election.

Trump expressed renewed frustration Sunday over the investigations into alleged ties between his campaign associates and Russian government officials. He said on Twitter that the “facts are pouring out” about links to Russia by his former presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s tweets followed CNN first reported late Friday that a federal grand jury in Washington had approved the first charges in a criminal investigation into Russia ties led by Mueller.

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