October 30, 2017 Former campaign chairman for Donald Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential election, Paul Manafort and a business associate surrendered to federal authorites on Monday, marking a dramatic turn in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The New York Times first reported that Paul Manafort and long time business associate, Rick Gates were asked to surrender to federal authorities in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Manafort and Gates are the first suspects to be charged in the investigation into whether the Russian government colluded with members of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
Paul Manafort, 68, joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as the campaign’s convention manager and was promoted to campaign chairman two months later. He stepped away from the campaign in August 2016 amid questions about his foreign business ties. Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide who joined the nonprofit group America First Policies to support Trump’s agenda, left the group two months into Trump’s presidency.
Reporters spotted Manafort leaving his Alexandria, Virginia home Monday morning with his lawyer and later arriving at the FBI’s Washington field office.
Manafort and Gates are charged with conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and other tax and foreign lobbying charges.
In June, several top U.S. Department of Homeland Security cyber-security officials told lawmakers during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing the agency obtained evidence that the Kremlin targeted election systems in at least 21 states during the 2016 Presidential election.
The White House declined to comment on Monday morning’s arrests.
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Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."