Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort surrenders to FBI

Paul Manafort and former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities Monday morning, the New York Times and ABC News is reporting.

The charges against Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, and Gates were not immediately clear.

ABC News is reporting that the charges are connected to a federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Local 10 News Washington, D.C., bureau chief Ross Palombo said Manafort has already surrendered to the FBI.

The charges are the first in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Trump took to Twitter on Sunday, calling the federal probe a political "witch hunt."

Gates is expected in court to face charges later in the day, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing federal probe on the record.

The White House declined to comment.

Mueller was appointed as special counsel in May to lead the Justice Department’s investigation into whether the Kremlin worked with associates of the Trump campaign to tip the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort has been one of Mueller’s prime targets. Earlier this year, FBI agents raided Manafort's home, searching for tax and international banking records. Manafort has been a subject of a longstanding FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine and work for the country's former president, Viktor Yanukovych. That investigation was incorporated into Mueller's broader probe.

In Gates, Mueller brings in not just Manafort's chief deputy, but a key player from Trump's campaign who survived past Manafort's ouster last summer. As of two weeks ago, Gates was still working for Tom Barrack, a Trump confidant, helping with the closeout of the inauguration committee's campaign account.

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