The alleged meddling by Russia in the 2016 US Presidential election finally seems to be taking shape after the US Justice Department charged US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and a former business associate. On Monday, Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort and former business associate, Rick Gates were indicted on the charges of conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and several other charges relating to the transfer of money from offshore accounts.

According to reports, Donald Trump was shaped as a ‘presidential candidate’ by Paul Manafort in 2016. Manfort led the campaign during the Republican National Convention (RNC) that concluded with Donald Trump being nominated as the presidential candidate, in July 2016. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are the first among many who will formally be investigated into alleged meddling by Russia in the 2016 US presidential election. On Friday, a federal grand jury in Washington had approved the charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. In order to investigate the alleged meddling by Russia in US presidential election 2016, Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was appointed as a special counsel to find if Trump campaign officials colluded with Russia.

Earlier in January, US Intelligence agencies had found that Russia interfered and played a huge role in the 2016 presidential election to help President Donald Trump so that he could defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The US intelligence agencies said that Trump’s campaigner tried to ruin Clinton’s campaign by hacking and releasing embarrassing emails. The agencies also said that they tried to discredit Hillary Clinton’s campaign by disseminating propaganda via different social media.

Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted on 12 counts by the Muller’s team on Monday. According to a statement by US Justice Department Manafort and Gates were charged for conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, an 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. According to reports, more than $75 million was said to be laundered through the offshore accounts. The indictment accused Paul Manafort over laundering more than $18 million alone.

US President Donald Trump who is known for voicing his opinions on his Twitter handle, which also sometimes acts as an ‘entertainment capsule’ for many, took to his Twitter handle on Monday and tweeted ‘Sorry’. In a tweet posted after the indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, Trump said, “Sorry, but this is years ago before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?” Also, there is ‘no conclusion’, he added.

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