Here’s Why Paul Manafort Was Indicted

What happened?

Paul Manafort, the longtime Republican strategist who served as Trump’s campaign chairman for several months in 2016, was indicted Monday on charges of money laundering and fraudulently transferring millions from offshore accounts.

Rick Gates, Manafort’s associate, has also been charged in connection with the fraud scheme. Both men surrendered to the FBI today.

Is this a surprise?

Not really. Manafort was forced to step down as Trump’s campaign chairman in August 2016 after reports about his shady business dealings with pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine. This past summer, FBI agents raided Manafort’s home, and he was told that an indictment was only a matter of time.

RELATED: Glenn Explains Paul Manafort Wiretap and Why Russia Is in the News Again

Glenn’s take:

On today’s show, Glenn compared the indictment for money laundering to the famous example of Al Capone being nabbed by authorities for tax evasion. It’s likely that the authorities will find more during their investigation.

He also reminded the audience of Manafort’s long history of shady dealings.

“We knew about it before he even joined the Trump campaign,” Glenn said. “This is what he did for a living. He, along with people like Roger Stone, have been lobbying and consulting for foreign individuals and governments for decades.”