Manafort to surrender to federal authorities: report

 

Do not read too much into this… for now. Indictments by a federal jury and wide and many.


BY REBECCA SAVRANSKY  |   The Hill

President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, will turn himself in, CNN reported.

The New York Times reported early Monday that Manafort and former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities, but the charges against the two are not yet known.

CNN reported Manafort will turn himself into the Justice Department.

CNN first reported Friday that a federal jury had authorized the first indictments in special counsel Robert Muller’s probe into Russian interference in the election. There was speculation that individuals could be charged and taken into custody as early as Monday.

The reports of charges being filed mark a significant milestone in Mueller’s investigation into alleged ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.

In July, FBI agents conducted a raid at Manafort’s home. The agents had a search warrant to seize materials from Manafort’s residence in Alexandria, Va. The raid happened the day after Manafort had a meeting with staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Manafort was also present at a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between campaign officials and a Russian attorney who has been linked to the Kremlin.

On Sunday, Trump said it isn’t a coincidence that news surrounding Mueller’s investigation was surfacing at the same time Republicans are pushing tax reform.

“All of this ‘Russia’ talk right when the Republicans are making their big push for historic Tax Cuts & Reform,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“Is this coincidental? NOT!”

Last week, Trump claimed it is “commonly agreed” he didn’t collude with Russia during the 2016 election, instead accusing Hillary Clinton of working with the Kremlin.

Trump has repeatedly referred to the Russia probe as a “witch hunt” and he and his aides have denied collusion.

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