Monday, 30 October 2017

Donald Trump ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort surrenders to FBI

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has turned himself in to the FBI’s Washington field office.

It comes as the FBI is expected to bring charges as part of an investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the US election.

Mr Manafort served as campaign manager as part of Mr Trump’s election team from June to August 2016.

His former colleague and business associate Rick Gates was also reportedly told to surrender to federal authorities.

US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russia interfered in the election to try and help Mr Trump defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

This interference included a campaign of hacking, the release of embarrassing emails and the publication on social media of propaganda to discredit Mrs Clinton’s campaign.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether the Kremlin colluded with Mr Trump – something both sides deny.

The first charges were approved by a federal grand jury on Friday but were sealed until Monday morning.

Congress is also looking into allegations of collusion between Trump associates and Russia.

The President fired off a series of furious tweets on Sunday, insisting the real story was alleged links between Russia and Mrs Clinton.

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