The indictment against Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates has been unsealed and leading the list of charges is “Conspiracy Against the United States” and money laundering.

"In order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities," the indictment reads, "from approximately 2006 through at least 2016, MANAFORT and GATES laundered the money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts." Through at least 2016, "falsely and repeatedly reporting to their tax preparers and to the United States that they had no foreign bank accounts."

That's just the beginning. Stay tuned!


There are 12 counts total in the indictment: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principle, false and misleading Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.


$75 million “flowed through” offshore accounts, $18 million laundered in the U.S. 


Gates laundered an additional $3 million in the U.S. Piker.


There’s no mention of the Trump campaign or collusion in this indictment, but they make very clear that the timeline runs into 2017, while Manafort was still advising Trump. Keep in mind that more charges can be added—this isn’t the end of the Manafort story. These are very serious charges that could induce Manafort to sing.


Remember, Manafort was not being paid by the Trump campaign when he was running it. He was being paid by a foreign power linked to Russia. Okay, then. Another note to keep in mind, the indictment charges that Manafort and Gates “together with others knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States.” So, those “others” are still coming.