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Paul Manafort And Trump Aide Rick Gates Just Surrendered To FBI

Former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have surrendered to FBI agents working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Manafort and Gates are the first charges in the special counsel’s five-month investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

Manafort, 68, joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as the campaign’s convention manager and was promoted to campaign chairman two months later. He stepped away from the campaign in August 2016 amid questions about his foreign business ties.

Gates, 45, worked for Manafort’s international firm, Davis Manafort Partners, between 2006 and 2007. Gates’ connections to Trump before and after the election include his being charge of the convention operations in Cleveland, serving as deputy chairman on the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Committee and joining the nonprofit America First Policies created after the election.

Mueller was appointed special counsel in May by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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