Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort faces charges in U.S. Russia probe

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As reported by The New York Times, the ex-head of Donald Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, was ordered to surrender to federal authorities.

Charges are also brought against his former business partner Rick Gates.

Reuters reports that Manafort has already arrived at the FBI office in Washington. This information was confirmed by The Wall Street Journal.

According to Reuters, Manafor and Gates are charged under 12 articles, including money laundering and conspiracy against the United States.

These are the first charges brought by the commission of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller. He is investigating the likely intervention of Russia in the presidential elections in the United States in 2016.

Manafort was fired as Trump’s campaign chairman in August 2016. The indictments against Manafort and Gates were largely based on activities disclosed in August 2016 by The Associated Press, which reported that the pair had directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of ruling pro-Russian political party in Ukraine at the time of the presidency of the previous president of the country, Viktor Yanukovich.

In addition, Manafort is suspected in cooperation with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. According to the Associated Press, Manafort could have lobbied interests of Deripaska in the United States, as well as interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Source: svoboda.org