Former campaign manager for United States President Donald Trump Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates turned themselves over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.
This comes amid a probe into allegations regarding Russia’s influence on the 2016 presidential election.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates with a 12-point indictment that includes conspiracy against the US and conspiracy to launder money.
Beyond these two charges, the pair faces the following: unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements and seven counts of failure to disclosed foreign bank and financial accounts.
Mr. Trump responded on Twitter a few hours after the charges were laid out, saying “sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign”.
He also called for investigation focus on “crooked” former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.
The president followed up with a second tweet saying there is “no collusion!”
The indictment revealed that former foreign affairs aide to Mr. Trump George Papadopoulos secretly plead guilty in lying to FBI agents during the investigation.
Manafort and Gates will appear in court at 1:30 pm ET.
The White House has yet to formally respond to the incidents.
More details to follow. Image 1 of Paul Manafort from CNN.