Paul Manafort, who served a short stint as President Donald Trump’s campaign manager in 2016, surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning after being indicted on charges of “conspiracy against the United States.”
Manafort and Rick Gates, a former business colleague, turned themselves in to the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office not long after the news broke early Monday morning:
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) October 30, 2017
The former Trump associate’s indictment marks the first charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s high-stakes investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
A photojournalist snapped a photo of Manafort and his lawyer leaving his home in Alexandria, Virginia, early in the morning:
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) October 30, 2017
Manafort has been under investigation for some time. The FBI has been looking into whether he violated tax laws, laundered money, and followed the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) while lobbying for foreign governments.
The 1938 regulation requires Americans who work for foreign governments, leaders, or political organizations to disclose their activities to the U.S. Department of Justice. Manafort — alongside Tony Podesta of the left-leaning lobbying firm the Podesta Group — complied with FARA only after media reports of their involvement with foreign entities.
See video of Manafort and Gates turning themselves in below.