Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has plead not guilty after being indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States. He turned himself into the FBI on Monday morning. His business partner Rick Gates has also been charged and plead not guilty as well.
The indictment release, which is 31 pages long, was unsealed on Monday morning. It states that Manafort and Gates, “together with others, knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency, namely the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury.”
They are being charged with the laundering of millions of dollars that flowed “through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts.”
They are also facing two charges of acting as unregistered agents of foreign principal, misleading the government regarding the nature of their foreign lobbying efforts, making false statements, and seven counts of failure to file the appropriate government documents relating to their foreign financial accounts.
Federal prosecutors are requesting a $10 million bail — a notably high number to be set during a status hearing on Nov. 2 — and for Manafort to be released on house arrest in Virginia.
The special counsel’s office considers him a flight risk, lawyers in Mueller’s office argued before Judge Deborah Robinson on Monday afternoon, citing the seriousness of the charges and the extent of Manafort’s ties abroad.Speculation has roiled that Mueller may be attempting to push Manafort to cooperate with the broader Russia probe — to “flip” on bigger fish.A separate indictment was also unsealed on Monday, revealing that a former Trump campaign aide, 30-year-old George Papadopolous, had pleaded guilty last month to lying to investigators in the Mueller probe. The indictment accuses him of lying about conversations he had with a foreign professor who told him he had thousands of emails containing “dirt” on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.The indictment also accuses Papadopolous of lying about his contact with a female Russian national, whom the man mistakenly thought was a relative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an effort to arrange a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
I am going to go ahead and ask the million dollar question here: Why hasn’t Hillary been indicted yet?