WASHINGTON — President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort surrendered at the FBI field office after he and his former business associate Rick Gates were told give themselves up to federal authorities on Monday morning as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. Manafort, 68, and Gates were indicted on 12 counts, including money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agents and false statements. They also were indicted on seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.
Their work with the Trump campaign was not mentioned in the 31-page indictment but it does allege activity that extended through last year and even into this year.
“Between at least 2006 and 2015, Manafort and Gates acted as unregistered agents of the government of Ukraine, the party of regions (a Ukrainian political party whose leader Victor Yanukovych was president from 2010 to 2o14), Yanukovych, and the Opposition Bloc (a successor to the Party of Regions that formed in 2014 when Yanukovych fled to Russia,” the indictment stated.