IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE END?
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner and protege, Rick Gates, have been indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States. According to the indictment, the two men were found to have been paid millions of dollars for work done on behalf of a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine.
CNN reported this morning that the two men were indicted Friday under seal. Manafort turned himself into the F.B.I.’s Washington field office Monday morning.
A LAUNDRY LIST OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITY
The indictment is a sprawling 31-page document and is a veritable laundry list of criminal activity that is, frankly, staggering. The charges include money laundering, failure to report income, and false statements.
And that is only the tip of the iceberg. The charges include conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, and a full seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank accounts. The two have also been charged with being unregistered agents of a foreign principal, false and misleading US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) statements.
The Foreign Agents Regisgration Act (FARA) is a United States law passed in 1938 requiring that agents reprenting the interests of foreign powers in a “political of quasi-political capacity” disclose their relationshup with the foreign government and information about related activites and finances. – Wikipedia
KNOWINGLY CONSPIRED TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES
The Hill reported this morning that Manafort and Gates,“together with others, knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency, namely the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury.”
It was confirmed that they laundered “tens of millions of dollars through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts,” as written in the indictment. There were already suspicions that was the case.
As for what happens next, that is currently unknown. CNN reported that Mueller could undoubtedly add more charges. As it stands now, however, there aren’t any charges that relate to the Trump campaign in any way. Neither Manafort or Gate’s attorneys have returned a request for comment.