Paul Manafort

Former Trump Confidante Indicted but What Do the Charges Reveal?

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The former “campaign chairman” of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Paul Manafort, has been indicted by a grand jury and on Monday morning he turned himself in at the FBI field office in Washington, D.C.

Manafort and his colleague Richard Gates have been indicted on 12 counts dealing exclusively with money laundering, including one count of “conspiracy against the United States.”

The indictment contains 12 counts including conspiracy against the U.S., conspiracy to launder money, serving as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading Foreign Agents Registration Act statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts…

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Manafort, 68, joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as the campaign’s convention manager and was promoted to campaign chairman two months later.

He was fired from the campaign by then candidate Trump in August 2016 amid questions about his foreign business ties.

However, the most striking thing about the series of indictment’s is that none of them have anything to do with the presidential campaign, as all of these things happened apart from Manafort’s dealings with Trump.

Manafort’s lawyer is one of the best in the business and has a lot of experience in similar cases as he was formerly a prosecutor with the Department of Justice’s Tax division.

Here is Manafort arriving at the FBI office, and CNN’s Chris Cuomo giving him a little too much respect for turning himself in.

While Manafort’s crimes may seemingly have nothing to do with President Trump, there was a Trump team member who pled guilty to misleading investigators about his dealings with Russia.

A lower level foreign policy advisor apparently lied to the FBI about some meetings he had with a Russian professor during the campaign.

George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents…

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements and making material omissions during an interview with FBI agents in January. Papadopoulos downplayed a meeting with a Russian professor with ties to Russian government officials and misled the agents about attempts to arrange a meeting between Russian government officials and the campaign.

Why did Papadopoulos lie about such an innocuous meeting, particularly since the meeting failed to “go anywhere?” That’s still unclear, but the story behind his plea actually makes the Trump campaign look as though they were distancing themselves from Russia, which is why this story isn’t raising any eyebrows in D.C.

Jeff Dunetz at the Lid has more on Papadopoulos and why his guilty plea won’t tarnish the Trump team.

President Trump chimed in on the indictment’s and as usual was more concerned about what WASN’T happening then with what was happening.

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