UPDATED: Trump associate, Paul Manafort turns self in to FBI; charged with fraud

Paul Manafort
Paul Manafort [Photo Credit: The Hill]

Paul Manafort, a political associate of President Donald Trump, has been charged with money laundering and conspiracy against the United States.

The charges were filed on October 27 at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, but only made public minutes after Mr. Manafort turned himself in at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s field office in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Manafort, 68, was Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman. He was shown on CNN as he turned himself in at 7:15 am.

The development came minutes after The New York Times reported that Mr. Manafort had been asked to turn himself in as part of an ongoing special investigation into possible collusion between Mr. Trump’s campaign and some Russians.

Court filings uploaded on the U.S. Department of Justice website showed that Manafort’s former business associate, Rick Gates, was also charged. But Mr. Gates did not arrive with Mr. Manafort at the FBI office in the U.S. capital.

Initially, it was not immediately clear what charges would be filed against Messrs. Manafort and Gates. But media reports suggested that their arrests may have more to do with tax charges than alleged Russian interference with the 2016 presidential elections that country.

The uploaded court filing showed that the duo were indicted on 12 counts bordering on conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statememts , false statements and seven counts of fwilure to file reports of foreign bank accounts and financial accounts.

A former director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, was appointed as a special counsel to look into the controversies surrounding the 2016 elections.

CNN first reported on Friday that Mr. Mueller had secured some indictments in the probe.

They are both expected to be interviewed by FBI investigators with possibility of being arraigned before a district court later Monday.

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