Russia’s new president is trying to change the story of his campaign, even if that means going to war with the United States.
The Trump-Putin scandal is the story that has dominated the 2016 campaign and is the subject of three major investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the most recent of which concluded last week.
The New York Times reported that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been indicted on 10 counts, including conspiracy to launder money, tax evasion and lying to the FBI.
Manafort’s lawyers said they would appeal the indictment and have yet to say if they will file a motion to dismiss it.
In the case of Manafort, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Preet Bharara, said in a statement that Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Manafort and Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, are charged in a separate indictment with money laundering, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements.
Manafort, who worked as a political consultant in Ukraine before he left in 2016, was the first foreign-born head of a U.K.-based political action committee to be indicted.
The indictments come as the FBI and the Justice Department, the latter led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, are also investigating the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, including whether the Trump team colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the election.
In a statement to The Washington Times, Bharara said he is reviewing the indictment.
“The charges are being prosecuted in the appropriate courts, and Mr. Manafort will have the opportunity to defend himself and his client.
If necessary, the court will consider his options.
We cannot and will not interfere in a pending criminal matter, and we will continue to pursue the investigation and the prosecution of those who colluded in our election,” Bharara’s statement said.
The FBI, which is led by special counsel Robert Mueller and the U and S Departments of Justice and State, said Monday that they have indicted 10 people in connection with alleged Russian meddling in the U to 2016 election.
A total of 12 individuals have been indicted in the case.
The charges include conspiracy to interfere with a foreign election; making false and misleading statements in relation to an election; and making a false statement under oath.
The case was brought in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, according to a statement from Bharara.
The Washington Post reported that Manafort and other Trump aides and advisers, including Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump adviser Michael Flynn, are being investigated for possible violations of federal law related to their interactions with Russian officials.
Trump Jr. has been a central figure in the investigation.
Mueller has also been investigating whether the Kremlin tried to influence last year’s election in a way that would benefit Trump and hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The White House has said there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump administration and the Russian government.
In his statement Monday, Bhararara said the United Kingdom-based political-action committee was founded by Manafort, a longtime Trump adviser and friend of the president.
Manafort was named in the indictment by the U