Mueller Indicts Manafort and Partner on Dubious Charges, Unrelated to Russian Collusion With Trump Campaign

On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained an indictment of two people connected to President Trump. A grand jury indicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates. The main charges were money laundering and tax evasion. The pair made tens of millions of dollars lobbying for a political party in Ukraine.

The special counsel was tasked to look into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Strangely, it delved into Manafort’s business deals. The indictments aren’t related to the Trump campaign. The 31-page indictment never even mentions Trump. It covers actions prior to the 2016 campaign.

The indictment alleges the pair illegally funneled millions of dollars of payments into offshore bank accounts. It accuses them of doing this in order to avoid notice. Manafort and Gates never registered with the DOJ as foreign agents. The law requires this.


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