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Oct 30 2017
Manafort & Gates Indicted In Mueller Probe Comments (0)

2016-04-10t13-06-07-733z--1280x720.nbcnews-ux-1080-600Trump's reaction to the news today that his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and campaign official Rick Gates have been indicted will probably go a little something like this: OBSTRUCT SOMETHING!

Manafort and Gates were indicted as part of Robert Mueller's probe into Russian tampering with the 2016 election.

They're the first, but there is no reason to believe they will be the last ...

19frontBack in September, a clear sign an indictment was forthcoming. (Image via NYP)

Trump's response to the entire investigation has been to obstruct and discredit it. That becomes much harder now that two people very close to him and his campaign have officially been indicted. This witch hunt has produced a coupla witches — so far.

Via Politico:

Manafort and Gates, who turned themselves into the FBI Monday morning, are the first people to be charged as part of Mueller’s probe. The men were indicted on 12 counts, according to a 31-page indictment, including money laundering, operating as unregistered foreign agents of the government of Ukraine, failing to disclose overseas bank accounts and making false statements to federal authorities.

While both Manafort and Gates had top roles in the Trump campaign, the criminal charges do not discuss any actions clearly related to the presidential race, although the indictment notes that a Ukrainian political party the men worked for had a pro-Russia outlook.

The indictment alleges that the men set up a series of offshore companies in order to avoid taxes on their overseas lobbying work and defrauded banks in order to win loans.

Manafort turned himself in Monday morning.