The information that Paul Manafort would be indicted appeared last Friday. Today Mr. Manafort walked into the F.B.I.’s field office in Washington at about 8:15 a.m. with his lawyer.
Previously Manafort was under investigation for violations of federal tax law, money laundering and whether he appropriately disclosed his foreign lobbying. conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. None of the charges, however, mention his part in meddling in the presidential election by Russia.
Mr. Manafort’s former business associate Rick Gates was also charged. His name appears on documents linked to companies that Mr. Manafort’s firm set up in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in Eastern Europe.
In Ukraine, Manafort also worked as a political consultant for the infamously known ex-President Viktor Yanukovych. Among other things, he was helping the then president file a report which would justify the imprisonment of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
As it was reported earlier, the FBI is investigating whether Manafort and the consulting firms he led earned between $80 million and $100 million over a decade from pro-Moscow Ukrainian and Russian clients.
There has also been information that he received around $60 million from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, laundering the money through his companies in Cyprus.