Paul Manafort and his former business associate were indicted on Monday on money laundering, tax and foreign lobbying charges, a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation.

The indictment contains 12 counts:

  • conspiracy against the United States
  • conspiracy to launder money
  • unregistered agent of a foreign principal
  • false and misleading FARA statements
  • false statements
  • and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.


The case was unsealed on Oct. 30, 2017, after the defendants were permitted to surrender themselves to the custody of the FBI.

While Manafort did work of the Trump campaign for 90 days in 2016, reports are that he was lobbying Russian influence with John Podesta and Hillary Clinton during the last decade including the Uranium One fiasco.

FOX News’ Tucker Carlson said he has a source who told him that the Podesta brothers and Paul Manafort are the “central figures” Robert Mueller’s investigation, not President Trump. The source, Carlson said, told him about events that implicate Manafort, the Podesta brothers, Hillary Clinton and her State Department, and Russian oligarchs. The source has been interviewed by Mueller’s independent investigators.

“If true,” Carlson said, the story weaved by the source shows the media is focusing on the wrong Russia story.

The source tells Tucker Carlson that Paul Manafort worked extensively with the Podesta Group as far back as 2011 on behalf of Russia. Manafort’s Russian associates wanted to influence Washington and sought the Podesta brothers because of their ties to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.