President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on Monday pleaded not guilty to all charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is conducting an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Richard Gates, Manafort’s former business associate, also pleaded not guilty.
Judge Deborah Robinson agreed to Mueller’s request to set bail at $10 million. Prosecutors also requested that Manafort be released on house arrest in Virginia, consider him a flight risk considering the seriousness of the charges and the extent of Manafort’s ties abroad. Manafort’s lawyer said the FBI took possession of his passport yesterday.
On Monday morning, Manafort surrendered himself to FBI agents being charged with 12 counts — including conspiracy against the U.S.
A 31 page indictment lays out the charges, which are related to Manafort and Gates’ work on behalf of a Kremlin-backed party in Ukraine. Mueller says the two were paid tens of millions of dollars and laundered it “in order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities.”
Notably the indictment makes no mention of Manafort’s work for the Trump campaign. Manafort’s tenure at the Trump campaign lasted from March 2016 until his ouster in August.
Manafort’s indictment sparked speculation that Mueller was hoping to push him to cooperate with the Russia probe.
However, a separate indictment which was also unsealed on Monday, says that former Trump campaign aide, 30-year-old George Papadopoulus, lied to investigators in the Mueller probe.
That indictment says Papadopoulus lied about conversations he had with a foreign professor who claimed to have thousands of emails containing “dirt” on HIllary Clinton.
Papadopoulus struck a plea deal with Mueller’s office, however it is not known if he is currently cooperating with the investigation.