According to a report on Monday, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities on charges including tax fraud as part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign officials during the 2016 presidential election.
According to The New York Times, Manafort and Gates will face the first charges in the special counsel’s investigation, though the charges are not immediately clear.
Manafort is expected in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The indictment is expected to be unsealed later Monday.
Gates and Manafort have been colleagues for a long time.. According to the Times, his name appeared on documents linked to companies that Manafort’s firm created in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in Eastern Europe.
White House lawyer Ty Cobb said he had no comment on the report at this time.
Many people are speculating that Manafort would receive the first charges in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
This is not the first time Manafort has been investigated. He has been under the microscope for his dealings in Ukraine several years ago, for which he did not register as a foreign agent until June 2017.
Top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on ABC News’ “This Week” that the indictment could come for either Manafort, or former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
But House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said on “Fox News Sunday” that it was unclear who would be charged.
“We don’t know who’s being charged…We don’t know what they are being charged for. We don’t know the time period,” Gowdy said Sunday, adding that “It’s kind of ironic that the people charged with investigating the law and executing the law would violate the law.