Paul Manafort Surrenders Himself To Federal Authorities

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    Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort surrendered himself to federal authorities on Monday, capping a weekend’s worth of fevered speculation as to who Special Counsel Robert Mueller planned to indict after his intentions were leaked last Friday.

    Manafort’s business partner Richard Gates was also indicted, the Department of Justice revealed Monday morning.

    “The indictment contains 12 counts: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts,” the DOJ said, noting that “the case was unsealed on Oct. 30, 2017, after the defendants were permitted to surrender themselves to the custody of the FBI.”

    Former Trump national security advisor George Papadopoulos’s case was also unsealed on Monday, detailing how he lied to the FBI about his dealings with Russia-connected figures and endeavored to set up a meeting with the campaign.

    Manafort was seen leaving his home in Virginia and heading to an FBI building in Washington, DC, with his lawyer, where he reportedly surrendered.

    Unlike in the indictment against Papadopoulos, the case against Mueller and Gates does not involve any charges of election meddling or Russian collusion. Instead, the pair are accused of hiding millions of dollars in offshore accounts and transferring the money around while providing “false information to financial bookkeepers, tax accounts and legal counsel, among others.”

    “Manafort used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States without paying taxes on that income,” the indictment reads.

    Manafort and Gates appeared in the Federal District Court in Washington on Monday afternoon, where they pleaded not guilty to all charges, the New York Times reported.

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