FBI Indicts Former Trump Policy Adviser George Papadopoulos (Plead Guilty To Lying To FBI About Russian Connections), Former Trump Campaign Adviser Rick Gates (Plead Guilty To Conspiracy, Making False Statements To FBI), And Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort (Charges Related To Work With Pro-Russia Group In Ukraine)
The FBI has indicted former Trump policy adviser George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates, and former campaign chief Paul Manafort on a variety of charges.
George Papadopoulos plead guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his connections with Russia:
Papadopoulos’s plea agreement, signed earlier this month and unsealed Monday, described his extensive efforts to try to broker connections with Russian officials and arrange a meeting between them and the Trump campaign. Emails show that his offers were sometimes looked at warily, though more-senior campaign officials at least entertained them.
“Manafort and longtime business partner Rick Gates, meanwhile, were charged in a 12-count indictment with conspiracy to launder money, making false statements and other charges in connection with their work advising a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine.”
“Apparent Russian agents began reaching out to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as early as March 2016, the Justice Department established in documents released Monday, with appeals for partnership and offers of help including “dirt” on Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton.”
Gates plead guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators on Friday February 23, 2017, and hours later Manafort was additionally charged with “conspiracy, money-laundering, being an unregistered agent for a foreign entity and making false statements.”
The FBI confirmed in March of 2017 that it was investigating Russian involvement in the Presidential election.
Robert Mueller took over the FBI after Trump fired former director James Comey because of that investigation.
FBI agents raided Manafort’s home in July 2017.
The FBI also obtained authorization to monitor Carter Page, a Former Trump campaign adviser and investment banker in Moscow.