Updated at 8:28 a.m. ET
Paul Manafort, the taciturn lobbyist who served as Trump’s campaign chairman during the summer of 2016, surrendered to federal authorities on Monday morning as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The New York Times reported that Rick Gates, a Manafort associate, will also turn himself in on Monday. It’s unclear what charges each man faces.
Manafort had been the target of the most aggressive of Mueller’s publicly known efforts over the past six months. He had already reportedly been under Justice Department scrutiny for his business relationships with pro-Kremlin politicians in Ukraine, including former president Viktor Yanukovych. Mueller’s team carried out an early-morning raid in July at Manafort’s Virginia home that reportedly seized business records and financial information. Reports emerged in September that federal investigators obtained a FISA warrant against him as well. Manafort himself has denied any wrongdoing.
Multiple news outlets reported Friday night that Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained a sealed indictment from a federal grand jury in the nation’s capital—the first one of the Russia investigation.
The process for getting a sealed indictment is pretty straightforward. A federal prosecutor can obtain an indictment if at least 12 grand jurors vote in favor of it after hearing the requisite evidence. Once issued, a federal judge can then seal the indictment to prevent its public disclosure until the defendant has been taken into custody. A sealed indictment isn’t necessarily unusual in a high-level case like this, although its public disclosure last week surprised experts.