Paul Manafort, the ex-leader of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and his former adviser in foreign policy was put under home arrest – just like his business associate Rick Gates – as the investigation in his case is underway. Manafort, whose name appeared in the black accounts of Ukraine’s former Party of Regions, is accused of laundering money and even tougher crimes – ending up in secret political and financial ties with Russia. As 112 International reported, he surrendered to the FBI and later, when in federal court of Washington, he pleaded not guilty.
According to Bloomberg, ‘the accusations arrive after a months-long probe into possible crimes including obstruction of justice by Trump and other crimes by his associates. The general shape of the investigation into Manafort’s activities has been known for months (…) They are the most direct indication of coordination between the campaign and Russian officials (Bloomberg refers to the investigation into Russia’s interference with the U.S. presidential race in 2016, – 112 international)’.
The investigation group has been interviewing the detainees, in order to make them ‘disclose everything that they know about Trump’s campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton’. Manafort and Gates put up bond to be released and surrendered heir passports, the outlet said.
‘As for Manafort, the 12-count indictment painted a picture of a high-flying operation, in which more than $75 million passed through offshore accounts. Prosecutors said he laundered more than $18 million to support a “lavish lifestyle” that included buying homes, cars and clothing, and accused him of defrauding institutions that loaned him money. He and Gates, his longtime deputy, hid foreign accounts from the U.S., failed to disclose work for a foreign government and misrepresented their activities to authorities as recently as 2017, according to the indictment,’ reads the story.
Manafort’s defense team calls the accusations ‘ridiculous’, pointing out that the defendant abandoned his post after Trump’s victory in the election: the prosecution, on the other hand, insists that illegal activities continued even after that, into the early 2017.
‘Trump has repeatedly dismissed the probe as “the single greatest witch hunt in American political history,’ Bloomberg wrote.
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