Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities Monday morning, the first charges in a special counsel investigation, according to a person involved in the case.
The charges against Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Mr. Gates, a business associate of Mr. Manafort, were not immediately clear but represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over the president’s first year in office.
Mr. Gates is a longtime protégé and junior partner of Mr. Manafort. His name appears on documents linked to companies that Mr. Manafort’s firm set up in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in Eastern Europe, records reviewed by The New York Times show.
Mr. Manafort had been under investigation for violations of federal tax law, money laundering and whether he appropriately disclosed his foreign lobbying.
remember, per WH, Manafort was on the campaign for just a short period of time. Basically a temp.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) October 30, 2017
Seriously, Manafort, just release a statement saying you’re gay & headlines will ignore everything else.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 30, 2017
Mueller’s first two targets: Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and his business associate Rick Gates https://t.co/NLw2ccMhNA
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 30, 2017
The Manafort news makes this all VERY real from Trump. Hard for Trump to dismiss this as a "hoax" now.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) October 30, 2017