WASHINGTON — Former Trump marketing campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump marketing campaign official Rick Gates surrendered Monday to Justice Division particular counsel Robert Mueller, in accordance with a supply with direct information of the matter.
Gates is a longtime enterprise affiliate of Manafort, having labored collectively because the mid-2000s, and served as his deputy on the marketing campaign.
Manafort arrived on the FBI’s Washington subject workplace Monday morning. He and Gates have been indicted beneath seal on Friday, the supply stated. The 2 are being processed individually, in accordance with a regulation enforcement official. They may later be transported to federal district courtroom in Washington later Monday morning.
The indictments are anticipated to be unsealed later Monday. The extent of the fees was not instantly recognized.
CNN has reached out to legal professionals for Manafort and Gates.
The fees towards two prime officers from President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign alerts a dramatic new part of Mueller’s extensive-ranging investigation into attainable collusion between the Russian authorities and members of Trump’s workforce in addition to potential obstruction of justice and monetary crimes.
A White Home spokesman informed CNN the Trump administration “might not have a response in any respect” relating to the fees.
Manafort, whose work for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has attracted scrutiny from federal investigators, has beforehand denied monetary wrongdoing relating to his Ukraine-associated funds, his financial institution accounts in offshore tax shelters and his numerous actual-property transactions through the years. Gates, who has additionally denied wrongdoing, was Manafort’s longtime enterprise affiliate in his lobbying agency earlier than being tapped as his deputy on the Trump marketing campaign.
They’re the primary two officers in Trump’s orbit charged in reference to the particular counsel investigation, which is exploring whether or not Trump’s actions surrounding the firing of former FBI Director James Comey quantity to obstruction of justice. Mueller has taken a broad strategy to his mandate that features a give attention to the monetary dealings of Trump’s group.
Earlier than the indictment, the FBI in July executed a so-referred to as no-knock search warrant with weapons drawn at Manafort’s residence in Alexandria, Virginia, seizing monetary and tax paperwork, together with some that had already been offered to congressional investigators.
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