Manafort, Gates plead not guilty in grand jury indictment

by Brooke Singman
October 31, 2017

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty on Monday after being indicted on 12 counts by a federal grand jury as part of the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign officials in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty to all charges. A judge set bond at $10 million for Manafort, and $5 million for Gates. Both sides agreed to home detention.

The special counsel’s office told Fox News that the counts include conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading Foreign Agent Registration (FARA) statements, false statements and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign banks and financial accounts.

“President Donald Trump was correct. There is no evidence the Trump Campaign colluded with the Russia government,” Kevin Downing, an attorney for Manafort, responded, referencing earlier tweets and statements from the president. “A claim that maintaining offshore accounts to bring all your funds into the United States, as a scheme to conceal from the United States government, is ridiculous.”

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Goldie says:

    Wow! They actually know how to convene a Grand Jury. Doesn’t take them long when it’s a republican or a regular citizen. Wish they would figure out how to try swamp creatures.

    1. Bob says:

      Manafart and Gates not guilty?? They’re both looking at 12 to 14 years in the big house. Pack your bags fellas or play ball and tell what you know. I’m betting they’ll squeal like pigs to save their skins. Otherwise, its “Adios Amigos.”

  • bobnstuff says:

    One of three things is going to happen, Manafort is going to jail for a long time, Trump is going to pardon him or Manafort is going to turn on Trump and show were the body dump is. None of these options are good for Trump. Al Capone went down the same way as Manafort is going. You are safer murdering someone then trying to cheat the IRS.

    1. chw2000 says:

      You’re full of shit. Those “charges” are picking the fly shit out of the pepper. There will be no conviction. Why don’t you start looking where the real crimes are and that’s with the Clintons and the Obamas. You’re a shit head liberal ass hole.

    2. chw2000 says:

      BTW dumb ass, the “charges” against Manafort are for things that took place BERORE Trump was even a candidate. You are one of the dumbest ass holes in your democ-rat party. You’re a complete ass hole!

      1. bobnstuff says:

        The charges are real and the evidence is real. Manafort registered as a foreign agent after his actions hit the paper, to late. The money is real to. Mamafort is going down. The only question is what did Trump know and when did he know it. Remember Trump hired this man to run his campaign.

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