On this day in 2017, Paul Manafort, Trump’s 2016 campaign chair, and his employee, Rick Gates, were indicted on charges of tax fraud, failing to disclose foreign bank accounts, and undeclared lobbying work.
Manafort was convicted on eight felony counts and entered into a plea agreement in a separate case of ten charges. His former employee, Rick Gates, was the one who testified against him.
In 2020, Donald Trump pardoned Manafort following his election loss — and has had nothing but nice things to say about him.
In response to the anniversary of these indictments, American Bridge Presidential Campaigns Communications Director Brandon Weathersby released the following statement:
“Donald Trump surrounds himself with people willing to break the law to do his bidding, so we really shouldn’t have been shocked when he himself was indicted on federal charges four separate times. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were just two of the many, many lackeys that Trump has at his disposal who are willing to do anything, legal or not, if the Don asks.”
American Bridge’s “This F*cking Guy” campaign is reminding voters of key moments from Trump’s presidency as he pursues the GOP nomination in 2024. Our Trump Research Book website exists to help allies find the research needed to defeat Donald Trump. The site is organized into multiple reports designed to help tell the full story about Trump’s failed presidency and make the case against his 2024 campaign.
Published: Oct 30, 2023
Last Modified: Nov 1, 2023