Paul Manafort, Rick Gates Told To Surrender In Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (CBS DETROIT/AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former business associate, Rick Gates, have been told to surrender to authorities.

Those are the first charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. The New York Times on Monday cited an anonymous person involved in the case.

CBS News spotted Manafort leaving his apartment in Alexandria, Virginia Monday morning with his lawyer and entering the Washington Field Office of the FBI.

Manafort and Gates are charged with conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy against the United States.

Larry Dubin law professor at the University of Detroit Mercy says this is certainly a major development in the Mueller investigation.

“He certainly had involvement with the Trump campaign above and beyond any of these financial issues that are a part of the indictment,” said Dubin.

He says it remains to be seen is whether Manafort will chose to play a “key role” with the Mueller investigation.

Mueller was appointed as special counsel in May to lead the Justice Department’s investigation into whether the Kremlin worked with associates of the Trump campaign to tip the 2016 presidential election.

 

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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