Senator praises enforcement of foreign agent registration law in Manafort, Gates case -- 3:11 p.m.
The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is praising the Justice Department for enforcing a law that requires agents of foreign governments to register with the United States.
Chuck Grassley is reacting to the indictment of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and associate Rick Gates on 12 counts, including acting as an unregistered foreign agent. The federal indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller charges the men funneled payments through foreign companies and bank accounts as part of political work in Ukraine.
Grassley has long prodded the government to better enforce the law, called the Foreign Agents Registration Act. He said ‘‘it should be enforced fairly and consistently, regardless of politics or any other factor.’’
Grassley’s panel is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. -- AP
House Dem calls for limit on president’s authority to pardon -- 3:09 p.m.
A House Democrat says he will introduce a Constitutional amendment to limit a president’s authority to pardon.
Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee said he’ll introduce the amendment after President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and an associate were indicted on Monday.
A new amendment would require a two-thirds majority vote in both the GOP-controlled Senate and the GOP-controlled House or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures.
Cohen said that if the amendment is adopted, it would ‘‘prohibit presidents from pardoning themselves, their families, members of their administrations and individuals who worked on their presidential campaigns.’’ -- AP
Manafort, Gates plead not guilty to all charges -- 2:12 p.m.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates have pleaded not guilty following their arrest on charges related to conspiracy against the United States and other felonies. The charges are the first from the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Manafort and Gates appeared before a federal judge Monday in Washington -- AP
Russian lawmaker: Mueller probe has failed -- 2:10 p.m.
A senior Russian lawmaker says the indictments of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and an associate indicate that the probe into the alleged collusion between Trump campaign and Russia has failed.
Alexei Pushkov, the head of the information committee at the upper house of Russian parliament, said on state television Monday that the indictments detailing conspiracy and money laundering charges against Paul Manafort are related to his work in Ukraine and ‘‘have no relation whatsoever to Russia.’’
Pushkov said the indictments represent a ‘‘complete fiasco’’ of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, adding that ‘‘the mountain has brought forth not even a mouse, but a dead mouse.’’
He said Mueller’s probe has been based on ‘‘fakes’’ and championed by those in the U.S. who want to oust Trump and loathe Russia. -- AP
Speaker Ryan stays mum on Mueller probe developments -- 2:08 p.m.
House Speaker Paul Ryan isn’t commenting on the indictments of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and an associate.
Ryan said in a radio interview on WTAQ in his home state of Wisconsin that he doesn’t have anything to say on that, other than ‘‘nothing’s going to derail what we’re doing in Congress because we’re working on solving people’s problems.’’
Ryan was discussing the Republican effort to overhaul the tax code. -- AP
White House spokeswoman says indictment, plea have nothing to do with president -- 2:05 p.m.
“Today’s announcement [of the indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and an associate] has nothing to do with the president, nothing to do with his campaign or campaign activity,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing. “We’ve been saying since Day 1 there’s been no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and nothing in the indictment today changes that at all.”
Sanders downplayed the importance of Papadopoulos to the Trump campaign, saying that he was a campaign volunteer and a “member of a voluntary advisory council that met one time over the course of a year.”
She said the plea agreement by former campaign aide George Papadopoulos had “nothing to do with the activities of the campaign. It has to do with his failure to tell the truth.”
She also said Trump had “no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel” and that the White House continued to believe that the Mueller investigation would “conclude soon.”
White House spokeswoman begins press conference with a statement on -- tax reform -- 1:36 p.m.
With the president’s former campaign manager and one of his associates indicted and a former campaign aide entering a guilty plea, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders opened with a lengthy statement about -- tax reform.
White House likely to address latest developments at briefing -- 1:25 p.m.
The White House press briefing is slated to begin at any moment.
High-ranking Democratic senator says Trump must not pardon associates, Congress should protect Mueller -- 1:09 p.m.
The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee says lawmakers must make clear to President Donald Trump that pardoning any of his associates in the Russia probe would be ‘‘unacceptable, and result in immediate, bipartisan action by Congress.’’
Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and an associate were indicted Monday as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.
Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Congress should pass legislation to protect Mueller’s job. His panel is probing the interference.
Warner said former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea of lying to the FBI is ‘‘just the latest in a series of undisclosed contacts, misleading public statements, potentially compromising information, and highly questionable actions from the time of the Trump campaign.’’
Here are some highlights of what Papadopoulos admitted when he pleaded guilty. -- AP
Highlights of what Papadopoulos admitted -- 12:27 p.m.
Here are some highlights of what Papadopoulos admitted when he pleaded guilty.
■Papadopoulos was on the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser when he interacted with an “overseas professor” who Papadopoulos understood had “substantial connections to Russian government officials.”
■The professor told Papadopoulos that the Russians possessed “dirt” on then-candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic opponent, in the form of “thousands of e-mails.”
■Papadopolous over a period of months repeatedly sought to use the professor’s connections to arrange a meeting beween the campaign and Russian government officials.
■Papadopoulos met a Russian female national and sought to use her connections over a period of months to arrange a meeting between the campaign and Russian officials.
■Papadopoulos made false statements about his contacts with the professor and the female national.
Read what Papadopoulos admitted -- 12:13 p.m.
Here’s the court document that shows what Papadopoulos admitted when he pleaded guilty.
Is the Papadopoulos case the real bombshell? -- 12:05 p.m.
Is the case of George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents, the real bombshell of the day?
Today’s actions by Mueller seen as just a beginning -- 12:01 p.m.
Legal experts said Monday that the indictments of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates are just a prelude to what could be a push by special counsel Robert Mueller to get members of Trump’s circle to sing for prosecutors looking into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia. They also don’t see a pardon of Manafort as likely since his alleged crimes are not political.
Former Trump campaign aide pleads guilty to lying to federal agents; plea unsealed today -- 11:12 a.m.
A former campaign aide to President Donald Trump has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents working for special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to one count of lying to FBI agents about the nature of his interactions with ‘‘foreign nationals’’ who he thought had close connections to senior Russian government officials. The plea was unsealed Monday.
Papadopoulos is the first person to face criminal charges that cite interactions between Trump campaign associates and Russian intermediaries during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Papadopoulos was a member of the campaign’s foreign policy team. But Trump aides have said he played a limited role in the campaign and no access to Trump. -- AP
Trump’s campaign tells supporters he’s ‘still standing’ -- 10:37 a.m.
President Trump’s campaign told supporters that he is ‘‘still standing’’ Monday, hours after two former top aides turned themselves in to federal authorities.
The fundraising e-mail from Eric Trump, the president’s son, warns that ‘‘There’s new opposition against my father and this Administration every day’’ and asked supporters to contribute to the re-election effort. The message adds: ‘‘as a loyal support of our movement, I know you know the truth.’’ -- AP
Trump tweets ‘this is years ago’ -- 10:25 a.m.
President Trump cryptically tweeted that “this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the the Trump campaign,” apparently referring to the allegations in the indictment. He also again sought to divert attention to “Crooked Hillary” Clinton, who lost the election to him last year.
In a second tweet, he insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians.
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
Charges in the indictment -- 10:10 a.m.
Here are the charges in the indictment:
■Conspiracy to defraud the United States
■Conspiracy to launder money
■Failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts for calendar years 2011-2014 (4 counts)
■Failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts for calendar years 2011-2013 (3 counts)
■Failing to register as an agent of a foreign principal
■Making false and misleading statements under the Foreign Agents Registration Act
■Making false statements
Manafort and Gates have surrendered; court appearances expected today -- 10:02 a.m.
Manafort and Gates have surrendered to federal authorities and are expected to appear in court later today. -- AP
Conspiracy to defraud the United States -- 9:52 a.m.
The first count in the indictment, which is dramatically labeled “Conspiracy Against the United States,” alleges that Manafort and Gates “knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States” through their various actions.
Highlights of the indictment against Manafort and Gates -- 9:36 a.m.
Here are some highlights of the allegations against Manafort and Gates.
■Manafort and Gates, political consultants and lobbyists, served as unregistered agents of the Russian-backed former president of Ukraine and his party.
■They generated tens of millions in income as a result of their work.
■They hid their payments from US authorities, laundering the money.
■They did not report their lobbying of US officials.
■Manafort “used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States.”
■Gates also used money from offshore accounts to pay for personal expenses, including his mortage, children’s tuition and interior decoration of his Virginia residence.
■In total, more than $75 million flowed through the offshore accounts.
Read the indictment against Manafort and Gates -- 9:23 a.m.
Here is the indictment against Manafort and Gates.
Manafort, Gates indicted by grand jury on 12 charges -- 9:15 a.m.
Manafort and Gates face 12 charges, including conspiracy against the United States. -- ABC News
Manafort seen facing tax charges -- 8:42 a.m.
Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, and Manafort’s business partner are expected to become the first people charged in the broad investigation into Russian meddling with the U.S. election, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Charges against Manafort and partner Rick Gates indicate that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is intensifying and could pose a danger to the White House. Investigators are likely to pressure the pair to cooperate with prosecutors in a bid for leniency and to disclose everything that they know about Trump’s campaign.
Manafort will face tax charges and other offenses, the person said. --BLOOMBERG
Manafort, Gates turning themselves in to face charges -- 8:32 a.m.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former business partner Rick Gates will turn themselves in on charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 election, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The precise charges the men face were not immediately clear. Gates did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort.
Washington - especially those in political and media circles - had been anxiously anticipating the charges since CNN reported Friday night that a grand jury had approved the first charges in Mueller’s investigation. That report was soon matched by others, including Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, though affiliates of many involved said they were in the dark as to what was about to come. About a dozen reporters staked out the entrance to the federal courthouse in downtown D.C. Monday morning, waiting for any glimpse of prosecutors or possible defendants. -- WASHINGTON POST
Paul Manafort arrives at FBI field office in Washington -- 8:15 a.m.
CNN showed video of Manafort and several other men arriving at the FBI field office in Washington at 8:15 a.m.