Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort To Surrender To Feds, Charged With Conspiracy, Money Laundering
By JOHN SANTUCCI and ADAM KELSEY, ABC NEWS // October 30, 2017
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(ABC NEWS) – President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s longtime business associate Rick Gates will surrender today to federal authorities in Washington, D.C., according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
Manafort and Gates would be the first charges in the special counsel’s five-month investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia.
Manafort originally emerged as a key figure in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry because of consulting work he did in 2014 on behalf of the Ukrainian government.
In July — the same month in which he registered as a foreign agent because of his lobbying work — the FBI executed a search warrant at Manafort’s Virginia home, stemming from the Russia investigation. A source familiar with the matter described armed FBI agents’ waking Manafort early in the morning as they knocked on his bedroom door.
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