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Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort surrendered to federal authorities on Monday as the first charges from the Robert Muller-led investigation into allegations of coordination between the Trump campaign and top Russia officials during the 2016 U.S. presidential election were unsealed.
Also asked to turn himself in was Manafort’s onetime business partner and protege, Rick Gates, and the Associated Press says he did so shortly before 9 a.m.
Manafort and Gates face money laundering, conspiracy and tax charges in a 12-count indictment, the AP reported.
The indictment lays out 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, acting as an unregistered foreign agent and several charges related to failing to report foreign bank and financial accounts. The indictment alleges that they moved money through hidden bank accounts in Cyprus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Seychelles. In total, more than $75 million flowed through the offshore accounts. Manafort is accused of laundering more than $18 million, according to the indictment.
Manafort walked into the FBI’s office in Washington at about 8:15 a.m. with his lawyer, the New York Times reported.
Manafort had been under investigation for violations of federal tax law, money laundering and allegations that he did not disclose his foreign lobbying.
The White House had no immediate comment. The two are expected in court later Monday to face the charges Mueller has filed.