Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have been indicted on 12 counts, which include conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, and more, according to indictment documents released Monday.
The special counsel said in a statement, “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.”
According to the indictment, both Manafort and Gates “acted as unregistered agents of the Government of Ukraine” in “at least 2006 and 2015,” generating “tens of millions of dollars in income.”
A majority of the funds were kept secret from U.S. authorities by laundering it through “scores of U.S. and foreign corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts.”
While the initial charges don’t appear to be directly related to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, they could be the first domino to fall in Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.
Manafort, who joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and became its chairman in May 2016, allegedly laundered funds “through at least 2016.”
However, Manafort isn’t the first Trump campaign member to come under scrutiny over ties to a foreign nation. President Donald Trump reportedly knowingly hired retired Gen. Michael Flynn while he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey.
Flynn resigned as Trump’s national security advisor after reports revealed he told Russia that the U.S. would lift sanctions.
The former Trump campaign manager reportedly turned himself in to the FBI on Monday and is expected to remain in custody until at least his initial court appearance is complete.