>> Did you commit a crime?>> The US President's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, turned himself in to the FBI in Washington on Monday. He's been indicted on Federal charges, including tax fraud and money laundering. The indictment unsealed Monday against Manafort alleges a scheme to launder more than $18 million, which he used to buy property, and concealed from the US Treasury.
It details dozens of international cash transfers, many originating in Cyprus, which the indictment says went to entities controlled by Manafort and one of his closest aides. Steve Hollands covers the White House for Reuters.>> The White House talks about Paul Manafort as someone who worked the President when he was a candidate for just a very short period of time.
They want very little to do with Paul Manafort, they want to minimize his role. Well, Paul Manafort was a fairly influential participant in the Trump campaign, he was brought on to run Trump's running of the Republican National Convention. And then eventually he was elevated to be Campaign Manager, so he was in charge of a lot of things for Donald Trump.
>> All of the cash transfers listed in the indictment appear to have occurred prior to the 2016 Presidential Campaign. The indictment does not mention President Donald Trump. The President seizing on this, Tweeting, Sorry, but this was years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren't Crooked Hillary and the Dems the focus?
The charges are the first to result from an investigation that has loomed over Donald Trump's presidency. In July, FBI agents raided Manafort's Virginia home, his financial records, real estate dealings, and prior work for pro-Russian political parties are being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The former FBI Director's probing allegations Russia meddled in the 2016 election.
Muller is looking in to whether anyone on the Trump campaign my have cooperated with Russian agents in this effort. Russia denies interfering in the US election, Trump has called allegations of collusion a witch hunt. Muller is also looking into the financial and professional ties of those who came into contact with the Trump campaign.
In all, Manafort is facing 12 criminal counts.