Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has received a guilty verdict in its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chair, has been found guilty on eight federal felony charges, including five tax fraud charges, two bank fraud charges, and one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts, related to his work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.
Manafort is the fourth former Trump aide to be convicted of crimes in the Mueller investigation, a list that includes former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and Rick Gates, all of whom have already pleaded guilty.
However, Manafort’s crimes actually have nothing to do with the issue of Russian meddling in the election or possible collusion with the Trump campaign. All of the crimes Manafort was convicted of related to activities that took place long before he worked for the Trump campaign.
In total, Mueller’s team has either indicted or gotten guilty pleas from 32 people and three companies — that we know of. In addition to the four former Trump aides, there are 26 Russian nationals, three Russian companies, one California man, and one London-based lawyer.