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Manafort, Gates Had Deep Trump Campaign Ties Despite Denials

  • The president’s former campaign chairman was indicted Monday
  • Campaign aide Gates worked on inaugural, visited White House
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Trump Tweets 'No Collusion' on Manafort Indictment

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The White House has sought for months to distance itself from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and inaugural planner Rick Gates, who were both charged Monday on multiple counts of money laundering and illegal foreign lobbying. 

Yet the pair played a critical role in helping Donald Trump secure the presidency and have remained close to some in Trump’s inner circle, raising the stakes for the White House as Special Counsel Robert Mueller rolls out the first indictments of his five-month investigation. The two men pleaded not guilty to the charges at the federal courthouse in Washington.