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Manafort Charged With US Money Laundering Amid Trump-Russia Probe

Jalil Javed and Henry Kincaid-

The former campaign manager of President Donald Trump has been charged with defrauding the US in his dealings with Ukraine.

Paul Manafort and his lawyers arrived at the Washington offices of the FBI on Monday. These are the first charges to come from the special counsel, Robert Mueller’s, investigation into alleged election meddling by Russia in the 2016 US elections. A total of twelve charges have been brought against Mr. Manafort, as well one made against his business associate Rick Gates. The charges include a conspiracy to launder money, tax evasion, fraud, and a failure to register as agents of foreign interests.

The ongoing investigation involving the Trump Campaign and Russia started over accusations of foreign meddling in the US elections, as well as alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. These accusations have been denied by both Russia and the Trump Administration.

The investigation looked into the work Manafort had done with pro-Russia Ukranian Politicians from 2006 to 2015.

Manafort has worked on several Republican presidential campaigns, starting with Gerald Ford’s in 1976. He has also worked with Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bob Dole.

Manafort’s associate, Rick Gates, has already turned himself into the authorities whilst Paul Manafort is currently at the FBI building with his lawyers.

Earlier this month, a former foreign policy advisor to Trump, George Papadopolous, pleaded guilty to making false official statements to investigators regarding his ties with Kremlin-affiliated Russians.

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