October 31, 2017

TSC IntelBrief: A Plea and Indictments

On October 30, 2017, the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled a 12-count federal indictment against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates.

• On October 30, charges were announced against three former Trump campaign officials, stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

• Former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were indicted on 12 counts; including money laundering, failing to register as foreign agents and conspiracy against the U.S.

• Former campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos also pled guilty to lying to the FBI over what appears to be evidence of possible collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

• Despite President Trump’s tweets and statements denouncing the Mueller probe, these indictments and the ongoing investigation are of national importance.