Former Trump campaign director Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates have been formally charged with 12 charges in connection with the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the United States, announced Monday the special prosecutor Robert Mueller. A few hours later, George Papadopoulos, a former foreign affairs adviser to the US president, was also charged. These are the first challenges in this case.
Former Trump campaign director Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates are facing 12 charges, including conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, misrepresentation and non-reporting of accounts held abroad, announced the spokesman of the special prosecutor of the Russian investigation.
Paul Manafort, who visited Washington’s FBI office Monday, could be brought to justice in the wake, said Peter Carr, spokesman for Robert Mueller.
These are the first personalities indicted in the case that has plagued Trump’s presidency since his arrival at the White House.
The indictment, published by the New York Times, mentions money paid by Ukraine ” between 2006 and 2016“. “Manafort and Gates washed this money” via offshore accounts, registered in particular in Cyprus. “Manafort, like Gates, used this money to lead ” a comfortable life in the United States, without paying taxes.” “In total, continues the document, $ 75 million has passed through these offshore accounts.”
In this act, however, there is no reference to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and possible collusion with the Russian authorities, since all the facts mentioned date back to before the US presidential election.
Some analysts now believe that Robert Mueller’s strategy is to drive the first circle around Donald Trump, get him to speak and possibly incriminate the president.
Paul Manafort was placed under house arrest Monday afternoon by a federal judge after pleading not guilty to the charges against him.
Papadopoulos, unlike the two others, confessed
On 14 pages, we learn that George Papadopoulos, who joined the election campaign of candidate Trump in March 2016, shortly after seeking contact with a mysterious professor, based in London. The latter has close ties with the higher spheres of the Russian government and makes him meet a young woman.
Presented as the niece of Vladimir Putin, it puts George Papadopoulos in contact with a person in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The network thus formed seeks to organize a meeting between Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian officials. In late April 2016, the professor tells George Papadopoulos that the Russians have compromising information about Donald Trump’s opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, thousands of emails. The declaration does not specify the use that has been made of it.
The admission of almost daily contacts between a member of Donald Trump’s campaign team and the Russians is explosive. Especially since according to George Papadopoulos, his superiors were not only aware of his actions but even encouraged them.
US President Donald Trump has ” no intention ” to question the special prosecutor Robert Mueller, said Monday the White House.