5 Things to Know About Paul Manafort's Arrest in the Mueller Trump-Russia Probe
On Monday morning, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort turned himself in to federal authorities. The New York Times' Matt Apuzzo reported that his arrest is part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Here is a video of Manafort and his lawyer walking into the FBI office.
Paul Manafort and his longtime protege Richard Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 counts: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. The indictment included no explicitly campaign-related charges.
Here are five things to keep in mind about Manafort amidst this revelation.
1. He was in bed with the Russians from the beginning.
When Donald Trump hired Paul Manafort as his convention manager, PJ Media reported Manafort's close relationship with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych supported Russian President Vladimir Putin at a time when most Ukrainians wanted to join the EU. After he became president (thanks in part to Manafort's convention expertise) in 2010, Yanukovych was ousted by protesters in 2014.
Manafort first entered the world of Russian oligarchs in 2006, when he began working for Oleg Deripaska, who has close ties with Putin. Manafort made $10 million per year under Deripaska, according to The Washington Post, and he also got hired by Yanukovych's pro-Putin Party of Regions around that time.
Last August, a ledger from the Party of Regions listed $12.7 million in cash payments designated for Manafort between 2007 and 2012. The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine also reported investigating Yanukovych for a group of offshore shell companies. The former president reportedly enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, including a palace with a private zoo, golf course, and tennis court.