October 30, 2017
So this has nothing to do with Trump. Totally unrelated.
Manafort worked for the Ukraine before he joined the campaign, probably before they ever met.
Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump, has been indicted on a number of counts regarding Ukraine lobbying in the US and related crimes between 2006-2016. Despite some media speculations, there is no Russia connection in the indictment.
A federal grand jury has indicted Manafort and his former business associate Gates on 12 counts related to their lobbying for a Ukrainian political party.
“The indictment contains 12 counts: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts,” the federal special counsel said in a statement.
The duo laundered over $18 million through offshore accounts, the indictment alleges, using the untaxed proceeds to lead lavish lifestyles. They also failed to register as agents of a foreign principal and made false and misleading statements to hide payments received from Ukraine, it said.
The crimes they are accused of date back to between 2006 and 2016.
Manafort was seen leaving his home early Monday morning and later arriving at the FBI office in Washington.
Manafort’s lobbying past came under scrutiny last August, when he worked for the Trump campaign. The NYT reported at the time that he had received some $12.7 million in undisclosed payment from the party of deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who was considered to have Russian backing. The report was apparently based on information from a source involved in the Ukrainian investigation into alleged corruption of the former president.
This is just more goofy, pointless nonsense. The most irrelevant stuff that basically anyone can be arrested for.
Even I thought it was going to be juicer than this, wow.
This is just a hack indictment. These people should be embarrassed. I feel embarrassed right now.
This is Mueller’s attempt to dodge this whole kookspiracy witch hunt falling apart. I can pretty well guarantee he’s guilty of a lot more than tax fraud.