First Charges on Russian Meddling in 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort with the Press Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort with the Press Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Two former aides of the U.S. President Trump have been charged with conspiracy against the U.S. and money laundering.

The charges against the former campaign manager of Donald Trump and another aide are first such charges from the FBI probe into Russia meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort surrendered to FBI on Monday along with his former business partner Rick Gates.

These are special counsel Mueller investigation’s first charges into the alleged meddling of Russian interference in the U.S. elections in 2016.

The U.S. Department of Justice said that Manafort and Gates were being charged with conspiracy against the U.S., money laundering and on 10 other counts.

The Associated Press reported that the pair pleaded not guilty to the charges and released on bonds. Manafort was released on $10m bond while Gates on a $5m bond.

According to the charges, the pair hid “tens of millions of dollars money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts.”

The FBI seized documents from Manafort’s home in August and charges against him was imminent against him ever since.

Meanwhile, president Trump has stepped in demanding that “this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign”.

He repeated there “is no COLLUSION!”

The White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told the press that the charges have “nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the president’s campaign or campaign activity”.


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