Two of US President Donald Trump’s former staffers have surrendered to the FBI, following the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election effort.
Former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former Manafort business associate, Rick Gates, have been indicted on felony charges of conspiracy against the US; acting as an unregistered foreign agent; and several other financial counts involving tens of millions of dollars routed through offshore accounts.
This comes at the same time another Trump aide, George Papadopolous, on Monday pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian national during his time on the Trump campaign, AAP reports.
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Although the latest indictment doesn’t reference the Trump campaign or make any allegations about co-ordination to influence the outcome of the election in Trump’s favour, it does allege a criminal conspiracy was continuing through February 2017.
Both Manafort and Gates are accused of funnelling tens of millions of dollars in payments through foreign companies and bank accounts as part of their political work in Ukraine.