The New York Times this morning reported that Paul Manafort, Once of Trump Campaign, Indicted as an Adviser Admits to Lying About Ties to Russia. To quote TV ads - “and not only that” Manafort and his associate Rick Gates are charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and multiple violations of laws governing registration as foreign agents and overseas financial transactions (aka money laundering).
President Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was indicted Monday on charges that he funneled millions of dollars through overseas shell companies and used the money to buy luxury cars, real estate, antiques and expensive suits.
The charges against Mr. Manafort and his longtime associate Rick Gates represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over Mr. Trump’s first year in office.
The indictment of Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates makes no mention of Mr. Trump or election meddling. Instead, it describes in granular detail Mr. Manafort’s lobbying work in Ukraine and what prosecutors said was a scheme to hide that money from tax collectors and the public. The authorities said Mr. Manafort laundered more than $18 million.