Podcast: The Manafort-Gates Indictments and the Trump-Russia Inquiry

Donald Trump with then campaign manager Paul Manafort

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed dozens more charges of money laundering and fraud against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his top aide Rick Gates.

The New York Times is reporting that Gates will soon plead guilty to the allegations, connected with political consultancy for pro-Russian groups and the movement of tens of millions of dollars through foreign bank accounts.

The charges are not directly connected to any links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials who interfered in the 2016 election. However — as Gates’ imminent plea indicates — they could be connected with leverage against the two men to provide information on Trump-Russia connections.

I explained why to Dan Damon on the BBC World Service on Friday.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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