RJR News / Paul Manafort, former chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and his business partner Richard W. Gates, have been indicted by a federal grand jury and surrendered to the FBI on Monday morning in Washington DC.
According to a CNN report, the indictment contains 12 counts: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.
The case was unsealed on Monday after the defendants were permitted to surrender themselves to the custody of the FBI.
USA Today, retracing Manafort’s career in the public eyes, recounts that
notes that he worked as a political operative for Republican campaigns dating back to Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.
Then, in 1980 he founded the consulting firm of Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly.
In 1985, he began working with Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who won election in 1986 amid accusations of human rights violations and voter fraud. Marcos fled the country weeks later.
During that period Manafort also did public relations work for Angolan rebel leader Joseph Savimbi, who had the support of the U.S. government. Savimbi was killed by Angolan government forces in 2002.
In 1988, Manafort worked with then-presidential nominee George H.W. Bush.
In the 1990s, Manafort started a new firm with partners Rick Davis and Matthew Freedman, and in 1996, managed the failed presidential campaign of GOP candidate Robert Dole.
It’s reported that, in 2004, Manafort began a “financially lucrative” relationships with Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire with close ties to the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
When Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was fired in June, Manafort became chairman. But when questions about his alleged ties to the Russians became a major public issue, he was forced to resign from the campaign in August 2016.