Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates have pleaded not guilty after being indicted on 12 counts, including charges of conspiracy against the United States
Both men turned themselves in just minutes before the FBI revealed the indictments, which also include conspiracy to launder money received from pro-Russian Ukrainian groups, failing to register as a foreign agent, false statements, and multiple counts of failing to file reports for foreign bank accounts.
A federal judge ordered house arrest for both men and set a $10m (£7.6m) unsecured bond for Manafort and a $5m unsecured bond for Gates. Another hearing will be held on Thursday.
Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, called the charges “ridiculous”, and White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said the indictment had nothing to do with Trump or his campaign.
“We’ve been saying from day one there’s no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and nothing in the indictment today changes that at all,” Sanders said.
The indictment claims that the pair "generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work", and laundered this money from 2006 until "at least" 2016.
More than $75m flowed through offshore accounts that both men operated, while Manafort laundered more than $18m "used by him to buy property, goods and services in the United States, income that he concealed from the United States Treasury, the Department of Justice and others".
Manafort, who served as campaign manager as part of Trump's election team from June to August 2016, was seen arriving at an FBI office in Washington with his lawyer early on Monday, after he and Gates were ordered to turn themselves into authorities.
They are the first people to have been charged in Robert Mueller's Russian investigation into whether the Kremlin colluded with Trump during last year's election, something both sides deny.
Manafort resigned three months before the election, amid questions over his campaign role and his lobbying history overseas, particularly in Ukraine, where he represented pro-Russian interests.
Update: Trump has now tweeted asking why "Crooked Hillary" isn't the focus of any investigation:
Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren't Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2017
....Also, there is NO COLLUSION!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2017
Update two: A third man close to Trump's campaign, foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, has pleaded guilty for making a false statement to the FBI.
Papadopoulos made "material false statements and material omissions during an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation that took place on January 27 2017", the document, which was unsealed today, said.
He "lied about the extent, timing and nature of his communications" with three individuals, including one who had promised him "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. The document also details his efforts to set up a meeting with Trump and Russian president Putin.
More to follow...