Breaking News: Paul Manafort & Rick Gates charged with conspiracy against the U.S.

The indictment against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime colleague Rick Gates has been released — and it includes 12 counts, including charges of money laundering, tax evasion and conspiracy against the United States.

The indictment represents the first charges stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The indictment, which was released on Monday morning, accuses Manafort and Gates of engaging in a money laundering conspiracy over a span of a decade related to their work for a Kremlin-backed political party in Ukraine. Gates served as served as his deputy in the Trump campaign

“Manafort and Gates generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work,” the indictment alleges. “In order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities, from approximately 2006 through at least 2016, Manafort and Gates laundered money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts.”

The indictment’s timeline suggests that Manafort was engaged in an illegal conspiracy even while he was serving as Trump’s campaign manager.

In total, the indictment claims Manafort laundered over $18 million that he used to buy “property, goods, and services in the United States, income that he concealed from the United States Treasury.”

Manafort and Gates were charged on Friday in the District of Columbia. The indictment was unsealed Monday morning.

Both men have surrendered to the FBI.

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58 Responses to Breaking News: Paul Manafort & Rick Gates charged with conspiracy against the U.S.

  1. 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

    #Manafort It’s been a long time coming but I know change gone come…..

  2. rikyrah says:

    Where is that Stringer Bell gif from The Wire?

    “…is you takin’ notes on a criminal fuckin’ conspiracy?”

  3. rikyrah says:

    Comment from POU:


    CYPRUS! Trump is doomed!

    12 Investment companies from Cyprus are listed in the indictment

    Why is this damning for Trump?

    1. Conspiracy: Trump cannot pardon these people if he is a co-conspirator. And conspiracy is heavily used throughout the indictment.

    2. Cyprus: Let’s take a closer look at Trump’s ties with investment companies in Cyrpus, shall we?

    (keep in mind the SoHo companies listed in the indictment)

    – Felix Sater, a major player in the Bayrock group that developed the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York and a twice-convicted felon who spent a year in prison for stabbing a man. Sater later scouted for Trump investments in Russia.

    – Alexander Mashkevich, a Kazakh mining billionaire,was another source of funds for Bayrock financing and the SoHo project, and was accused by Belgian authorities in 2011 in a $55 million money-laundering scheme.

    – Anatoly Golubchik, Vadim Trincher and Michael Sall are three owners of Trump condos in Florida and Manhattan who were accused in federal indictments of belonging to a Russian-American organized crime group and working for a major international crime boss based in Russia.

    – Viktor Khrapunov, a former Kazakhstan energy minister and mayor of Almaty, owns three units in the Trump SoHo through shell companies and was accused in a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles in 2014 of hiding millions of dollars looted from his city, some of which was spent on three Trump SoHo units.

    – Peter Kiritchenko, a Ukrainian owner of two Trump condos in Florida, who was indicted in a money-laundering scheme involving a former prime minister of Ukraine.

    Why is SoHo important? Because it represents Trump Properties in the SoHo Neighborhood of Manhattan. Manafort’s company laundered money through MC Soho Holdings into Trump Properties. See the below link in conjunction with the indictment:

  4. rikyrah says:

    Morning SG2!

  5. eliihass says:

    Someone ought to advise the buffoon that the more he makes public statements even via his people, trying to distance himself from the now indicted, he only makes it even easier for them to sing like canaries to Mueller and co, without any reservation..

    • He can’t stop himself. He’s operated this way his whole life but think he’s slick. NOT TODAY, SATAN!

      • eliihass says:

        You get the sense that this was all pre-ordained by a higher power..

        That this awful man who has zero impulse control and has done and gotten away with so much awful stuff, was temporarily hoisted to a top spot he never deserved or earned, just so the world could bear witness, and all enjoy prime viewing for the long overdue and humiliating fall of this really awful, joke of a pseudo-strongman..

    • Ametia says:

      George Papadopolous Admits to Lying to the FBI About Russia: Documents

      Papadopolous worked for the Trump campaign starting in March 2016. Trump described him as a “an oil and gas consultant; excellent guy,” during a conference call with the Washington Post that same month.

      According to court documents, Papadopolous was first interviewed by the FBI on January 27, 2017, prior to Mueller’s involvement in the case, but during the agency’s investigation into the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Papadopoulos admitted to lying about when he began working as a foreign policy adviser to the campaign. He also lied about his contacts with two foreign nationals, an “overseas professor” and “a certain female Russian national.”

      “Through his false statements and omissions, defendant Papadopoulos impeded the FBI’s ongoing investigation into the existence of any links or coordination between individuals associated with the campaign and the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” prosecutors said in court documents. The document was signed by Mueller and authored by prosecutors Jeannie Rhee, Andrew Goldstein and Aaron Zelinsky, all members of Mueller’s team.

      Papadopoulos told the FBI that the professor, who has “substantial connections to Russian government officials,” told Papadopoulos the Russians had “dirt” on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.” Papadopoulos admitted that he lied during his interview he told FBI agents when he said that he learned that information from the professor prior to the campaign. “In truth and in fact, however,” Papadopoulos, “learned he would be an adviser to the campaign in early March and met the professor on or about March 14, 2016; the professor only took interest in (Papadopoulos) because of his status with the campaign.” He also admitted that the professor told him on or about April 26, 2016, about the “thousands of emails,” when Papadopoulos had been an adviser for more than a month.

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