Developing: Manafort ordered to surrender to Mueller’s task force

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Paul J. Manafort Jr. (C-SPAN screenshot)

The New York Times reported Monday morning that, Paul J. Manafort Jr., the one-time campaign chairman of President Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, was ordered to turn himself into federal custody in relation to the first charges to emerge from the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Along with Manafort, the Mueller also ordered Manafort protege Rick Gates was also ordered to turn himself in.

Mueller was appointed a special counsel May 17 by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein with the mandate to investigate any links between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.

Rosenstein was acting in place of Attorney General Jeff B. Sessions, who recused himself from any investigation of ties between the president’s campaign and Russia.

The deputy attorney general also charged Mueller with prosecuting any matters that arise from his investigation.

Developing…