Not one, not two, but three of President Donald Trump’s former campaign workers were indicted on Monday, October 30th.
The day hectically began when Trump’s former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleading guilty to lying to the FBI became public. After all of the recent talk around special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation, Papadopoulos’s plead is considered a major breakthrough. It was a detrimental blow to the President’s current
office, but the day only got worse for the White House.
Next, Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and senior aid, Rick Gates, were indicted on charges of money laundering and collusion. They were accused of laundering tens of millions of dollars in various companies and firms while lobbying for the Ukrainian President from 2006-2015. Manafort and Gates are both pleading not guilty to these crimes, and Trump has claimed that there is no evidence of collusion.
In response to Papadopoulos pleading guilty, Trump claimed that Papadopoulos is lying, and refuses to admit that Papadopoulos perjured himself in front of the FBI. On the other hand, Trump also believes Manafort and Gates are innocent and claims that their crimes occurred long before they were a part of his team. Trump is deflecting all accusations that may dirty his name in any way, and will not let these large-scale crimes get in the way of his presidency.
Manafort and Gates have been put on house arrest, and their bail has been set to ten million dollars. Their official trials have been set for May 2018.