As you do not live on a remote island far from Facebook and Twitter and the news (sigh, IF ONLY), you are likely aware that Paul Manafort, who managed now-President Donald Trump's campaign for office, surrendered to federal agents following an indictment against him announced Monday morning that contained allegations including tax fraud, conspiracy against the US, and money laundering.
Per DCist, the Department of Justice said via written statement that:
Paul J. Manafort, Jr., of Alexandria, Va., and Richard W. Gates III, of Richmond, Va., have been indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 27, 2017, in the District of Columbia. The indictment contains 12 counts: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. The case was unsealed on Oct. 30, 2017, after the defendants were permitted to surrender themselves to the custody of the FBI.
But the DoJ isn't the only one issuing statements, as San Francisco's own Nancy Pelosi released her own while the rest of us were likely still getting ready for work. Here are her full remarks, sent to media this morning:
Even with an accelerating Special Counsel investigation inside the Justice Department, and investigations inside the Republican Congress, we still need an outside, fully independent investigation to expose Russia’s meddling in our election and the involvement of Trump officials. Defending the integrity of our democracy demands that Congress look forward to counter Russian aggression and prevent future meddling with our elections.
Pelosi also tweeted the statement, reiterating in the body of the tweet the need for the investigation to be independent of the current administration.
Obviously, given the freshness of the news, it remains to be seen if Pelosi's demands will be met. As of publication time, Manafort remains in custody. You can read the full indictment below.