Trump's former campaign manager indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against U.S.

Washington, D.C. - President Trump's former 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, Manafort's former business associate, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, according to unsealed documents released Monday.

The special counsel's office said that the indictment contains 12 counts including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the U.S., false and misleading statements surrounding the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), false statements and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

CBS News spotted Manafort entering the Washington Field Office of the FBI Monday morning after he left his apartment in Alexandria, Virginia with his lawyer. Manafort was approached by CBS News but declined to comment. CBS News reported Friday that the grand jury used by Special Counsel Robert Mueller approved the first charges stemming from the investigation. The indictment was under seal over the weekend. It was unsealed Monday after the defendants surrendered themselves to the FBI.

Manafort served as campaign chairman of Mr. Trump's presidential campaign from March until August of last year. The FBI raided his home over the summer, even picking the lock while he was at home asleep.

CBS News' Jeff Pegues reports that this signals a new phase in the Russia probe and CBS News' Paula Reid adds that Mueller is trying to make a statement by moving quickly and aggressively. Reid doesn't expect anyone else to be charged Monday.

In September, The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors had planned to indict Manafort. CBS News confirmed that month that Manafort had been wiretapped under a foreign intelligence warrant in connection with U.S. concerns that he was communicating with Russian operatives who wanted to influence the American election. The warrants were issued before Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to take over the investigation from the FBI.

Who is Paul Manafort?

Paul Manafort is a lobbyist and political consultant who worked across numerous presidential campaigns, most recently stepping in as chairman of Donald Trump's successful 2016 presidential campaign. Manafort came on board the Trump campaign in March 2016, but resigned in August 2016 as his connections to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych came under press scrutiny. 

Manafort was a founding partner of Black, Manafort & Stone, a lobbying firm he set up in 1980 with Roger Stone, another on/off Trump advisor and notorious political operative. The firm lobbied in Washington D.C. on behalf of leaders like Congolese strongman Mobutu Sese Seko, Filipine president Ferdinand Marcos, among others. 


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