Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, accompanied by his attorney surrendered to the FBI Monday morning for his involvement in the alleged election meddling by Russia.
His 8:15 a.m. surrender follows a report released Friday stating that the first charges in the election scandal were approved with arrests expected as early as Monday.
The charges against Manafort have not been revealed since the order remains sealed but there is speculation of collusion with Russian officials to manipulate the 2016 elections. Manafort was under investigation for violations of federal tax law, money laundering, and whether he appropriately disclosed his foreign lobbying. These charges, if convicted would lead to serious jail time, but they also provide special prosecutor Robert Mueller leverage to investigate Trump’s proximity to the alleged crimes.
Manafort however had plenty of time to drum a defense and has been with counsel since the summer when his home was raided by FBI agents. Prosecutors warned Manafort that they were planning to indict him giving him sufficient time to strategize a way out of his current entanglements. Such are the perks of “white privilege” and elitism.
The New York Times reports:
Mr. Manafort, a veteran Republican strategist, joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 to help keep delegates from breaking with Mr. Trump in favor of establishment Republican candidates. Mr. Trump soon promoted him to chairman and chief strategist, a job that gave him control over day-to-day operations of the campaign.
But Mr. Trump fired Mr. Manafort just months later, after reports that he received more than $12 million in undisclosed payments from Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president and a pro-Russia politician. Mr. Manafort spent years as a political consultant for Mr. Yanukovych.
Also expected to be taken into custody is Manafort’s protege and junior partner, Rick Gates. He was also told to surrender on Monday. Gates’ entanglement in the probe stems from his name appearing on documents linking companies Manafort’s firm set up in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in Eastern Europe.