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Paul Manafort, Former Trump Campaign Chairman, Indicted

by Countable | 10.30.17

What’s the story?

Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump campaign, has been indicted on money laundering, tax and foreign lobbying charges, according to the New York Times. Manafort surrendered himself to authorities on Monday morning. Also indicted was a long time associate of Manafort, Rick Gates, who also worked on the Trump campaign.

Why does it matter?

This is the first set of indictments as a result of the special counsel probe being headed by Robert Mueller. It is unknown if there will be further indictments, but it does signal an intensification of the investigation.

Manafort is accused of laundering more than $18 million to purchase goods and service, allowing him a "lavish lifestyle" without paying taxes on the income. Gates is accused of moving more than $3 million from offshore accounts. Both are accused of making false statements.

Manafort and Gates made their first court appearance at 1:30 PM. Both were represented by counsel and, via their lawyers, pled not guilty, reports CNN. Bloomberg reports that both posted bond. Manafort posted a $10 million dollar bond and Gates posted $5 million. Both also surrendered their passports and were confined to house arrest until their next court date on November 2, since they are considered flight risks.

The indictment is focused on Manafort's and Gates's financial dealings and does not implicate the president, the campaign or mention collusion, according to ABC News White House correspondent Jon Karl.

ABC News, however, has broken the news Monday morning that a former foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, has also pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents concerning his ties to Russians and repeated attempts set up communication channels between Trump and Russia:

According to the Washington Post, Papadopoulos has been cooperating with investigators for months. His guilty plea was submitted on October 5.

President Trump has already responded to the Manafort indictment on Twitter:

In the daily White House press briefing Monday afternoon Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly stated that Manafort was brought onto the campaign to deal with delegate counts only and was removed soon after that process was completed. Manafort was removed once his payment by a pro-Russia Ukranian political party was leaked, per Vox. She also emphasized that Papadopoulos was a volunteer member of an advisory council that only met once. She never mentioned Robert Gates.

The full text of the indictment of Manafort and Gates can be read via the Department of Justice website.

The full text of the Papadopoulos plea agreement can also be read on the Department of Justice website.

Countable will update this story as more details emerge.

What do you think?

Is this a significant escalation in the investigation to you? What do you think will happen next?

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— Asha Sanaker

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  • Elizabeth
    10/30/2017
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    And so it begins.

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  • Eric
    10/30/2017
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    Today watch for the twisting, turning, and lying from trump supporters and Fox News to make this about Hillary.

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  • Hardscrabble
    10/30/2017
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    This is a good start!!!!!!! Now let’s move on to the top of the food chain and indict Donald The Rump. He must go before our country follows the path of Rump University.

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  • Brian
    10/30/2017
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    You are who you hang with. President 45 hangs out with liars and thieves.

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  • Richard
    10/30/2017
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    Racist Adolf’s days are numbered! Tick Tick!

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  • KansasTamale
    10/30/2017
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    Sooner than I expected, but this is the beginning of the end. Hopefully before Trump’s first year is up. Can’t wait to get the Russia mess straightened out.

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  • James
    10/30/2017
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    This may very well be the beginning of the end for trump. Pat Toomey, you have tied yourself to this lowlife piece of scum. Denying it won’t work. The trump tax plan is an abomination. It raises taxes on the middle class. It’s a windfall for the wealthy and corporations and will balloon the deficit and debt. Which years from now, will saddle the very same middle class that you proclaim through lying that it will benefit, with enormous tax increases and cuts to services and benefits! You sir are a lying piece of trash along with your parties leader! I hope you and your party go down in flames. Our country will be all the better when this happens!!

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  • Tim
    10/30/2017
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    I didn’t care as much before but now I really want to see those tax returns fromTrump

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  • Brenda
    10/30/2017
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    WELL, WELL what a surprise ! HA! Is anyone REALLY surprised! This whole administration is crooked TRUMP and his family along with his group of CRONIES.

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  • RadicalModerate
    10/30/2017
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    I support capital punishment for political corruption.

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  • ShaunTheDemocrat
    10/30/2017
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    While Manafort and Gates are obviously low hanging fruit that most expected Mueller to pick off, the words "and others" are ominous. This in combination of Trump's cancelled round of golf this weekend in favor of a seemingly paranoid twitter storm is a clear indication Trump is nervous. At the very least, a second presidential term is not going to happen for Trump, but he will pardon Manafort and Gates. If a pardon isn't enough for Manafort who is losing most of his property and assets with this trial, Manafort may take Trump down with him. And maybe "others". There were so many administration officials that lied about their contact with Russia, one can't help but wonder why they lied to begin with...

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  • Bee.Charmer
    10/30/2017
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    It’s poetic irony that the chairman of the campaign that violated our democratic norms to chant, “lock her up!” is now in federal shackles.

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  • MJDalio
    10/30/2017
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    The hypocrisy in our justice system is far beyond anything I can imagine. I am not condoning whatever may or may not took place with Paul Manafort in 2006 it is that we have watched many people’s lives be destroyed for very minor infractions while the greatest crimes against our country are not even investigated or discussed openly in the fake news media. The greatest example of the hypocrisy was the Martha Stewart investigation! How can any trust in our systems ever come back? The special prosecutor Mueller was the director of the FBI when the greatest crime of treason took place against our country! How are we supposed to believe anything this man is doing as nothing more than a cover up of his actions during that time?

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  • John
    10/30/2017
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    A corrupt lobbyist!? It can’t be!

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  • Dale
    10/30/2017
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    Its funny to see how many Anti-Trump idiots actually read the article above. The answer is “none of them.”

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  • Cindy
    10/30/2017
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    The tip of the iceberg & Mueller started pretty high on the list !!! Response from WH: “they were bad guys then & they’re bad guys now”. Drumpf: but he’s a nice guy ... Drumpf: what About Hillary, Hillary, Obama?????😂😂😂 #MUELLERTIME

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  • Deanna
    10/30/2017
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    So when are you going to start Hillary investigation

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  • Elliott
    10/30/2017
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    Unfortunately for many of my fellow Americans in the comments, the indictment gives no reason to believe that collusion between Trump and Russia occurred. The charges are based on investigative work done on Manafort before the Trump campaign even started. There’s nothing in the indictment relating to Trump at all, in fact. I don’t like Trump, but we risk loss of legitimacy if we say this implicates Trump.

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  • Caroline
    10/30/2017
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    Finally, Mueller is starting to issue indictments, none too soon. If Trump has nothing to hide let him get to the bottom of his investigation without ANY pardons. Americans need to know the extent other governments were involved in the US elections, so the problems that’s can be fixed will be, and those behind it are convicted, if they are within reach of the judicial system.

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  • John
    10/30/2017
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    Celebrate Good Times, Come On!!! Let’s all celebrate and have a good time...

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