Mr. Paul Manafort, the former Republican campaign manager who was fired and replaced by current President Trump before he was elected, has just turned himself in at the FBI offices as requested.
Mr Manafort is the first person to be officially indicted in the investigation into Russian colluding that could have influenced the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Update: Paul Manafort just walked through the front door <a href="https://t.co/27QZQ89a3p">https://t.co/27QZQ89a3p</a></p>— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) <a href="https://twitter.com/megwagner/status/924973563194392576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 30, 2017</a></blockquote>
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He has been charged together with his former business partner Mr Rick Gates, though the exactitude of those charges is unclear at this point, until the court documents become public.
Mr. Gates is a longtime business associate of Paul Manafort whose name appeared on several documents linking the two to companies that were created by Mr. Manafort in Cyprus, possibly to receive payments from politicians and businesses in Eastern Europe.
These latest actions are a clear escalation in the special counsel investigation of Mr. Robert Mueller.
It could indicate that Mr. Mueller is looking at the Manafort / Podesta investigation whereby both PR companies of the Republican and Democrat campaign managers were involved in representing former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich, who has direct ties to the Russian Kremlin.
68-year-old political dinosaur Manafort worked for many Republicans over the years and is well known in Washington’s power circles. He served under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, as advised foreign leaders such as former Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos and former Ukranian President Victor Yanukovich.
If yesterday’s press reports are to be believed, Mr. Mueller’s investigators are mostly interested in 13 payments made to Mr. Manaforts firm in 2012 and 2013 from offices through Cyprus and the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, both famous for money laundering.