Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted on 12 counts by a grand jury on Monday, making the senior Trump associate the first to face charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s months-long investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The special counsel’s office confirmed to Fox News that the former chairman faces a dozen charges, including money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent, misleading federal officials, and conspiracy against the United States.
The charges were made public on Monday after Manafort and Gates surrendered to the FBI.
Those close to the investigation say Manafort acted as an unregistered agent of Ukrainian officials between 2006 and 2015, generating “tens of millions of dollars” in personal wealth while acting on behalf of a foreign government.
“More than $75 million flowed through offshore accounts. Manafort, alone, laundered more than $18 million which was used by the former Trump campaign chairman to buy property, goods, and services in the U.S. Manafort concealed that income from the U.S. Treasury and the Department of Justice,” writes the report.