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Paul Manafort ordered to surrender as Mueller probe issues first indictments

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been ordered to turn himself in to the FBI as part of the first indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

The New York Times reports that Manafort and former business associate Rick Gates are being hit with federal charges as a result of Mueller’s probe.

CNN is reporting that Manafort has agreed to turn himself in on Monday. Manafort was spotted leaving his home by Washington, D.C. local news station WUSA 9 being driven by his attorney.

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The specific charges being leveled against Manafort and Gates have not been officially announced at this point, although the Times notes that Manafort “had been under investigation for violations of federal tax law, money laundering and whether he appropriately disclosed his foreign lobbying.”

The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, is reporting that Manafort will be charged with tax fraud, among other charges.

Manafort ran Trump’s presidential campaign for several months in 2016, before being dismissed in the wake of damaging revelations about his work on behalf of a Kremlin-backed political party in Ukraine. Specifically, the Associated Press reported last year that Manafort helped the party “secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party’s efforts to influence U.S. policy.”

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Additionally, a secret memo that leaked last year revealed that Ukrainian authorities had accused Manafort of organizing protests against a NATO military exercise in Ukraine on behalf of the pro-Russian Party of Regions. One American soldier who was in Ukraine at the time revealed that protesters organized by Manafort threw rocks at NATO troops en route to the training exercise.

Read more here about the 12 counts on which Manafort and Gates were charged, including conspiracy against the United States.

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Virginia capitol staff will be forced to confront armed protesters because of official’s ‘bravado’: strategist

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Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency after white supremacists threatened to come to the state capitol in Richmond, Virginia, with weapons to protest new gun laws. Northam gave a "mandatory" order for every staffer in the executive branch and General Assembly to telework for safety.

The problem, according to Virginia-based political strategist Ben Tribbett, elected officials are still planning to go to the Capitol to attend committee hearings, putting other Capitol staff in danger.

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Trump is trying Middle East Peace plan 2.0 after the first one flopped

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President Donald Trump is scheduled to submit his second Middle East peace plan after the first one senior son-in-law Jared Kushner came up with didn't go over very well.

"We will get this done," Trump claimed in May 2017.

“We'll start a process which hopefully will lead to peace,” Trump said. “Over the course of my lifetime, I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Let's see if we can prove them wrong, okay?”

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Rage-filled Trump has crippled his presidency because he can’t let go of a grudge no matter how small: report

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According to a report in Politico, many of Donald Trump's problems are the direct result of his inability to get over the smallest of slights leading him to make poor decisions because he can't see his way to let go of a grudge.

The report notes, "Whether in the privacy of his clubs or out on the campaign trail, the president can’t help but hold onto a grudge. Even as Trump heads into an election year with a record that he claims ranks him among the best presidents of all time, political grievances continue to drive everything from policy decisions to rally speeches to some of the biggest scandals of his presidency — including his impeachment."

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