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Paul Manafort exdirector de campaña de Trump es acusado de conspiración

Paul Manafort, quien fue director de campaña de Donald Trump durante dos meses, fue acusado de “conspiración contra Estados Unidos” este lunes por un gran jurado federal.

Se trata de la primera acusación desde que el exdirector del FBI Robert S. Mueller III fuera designado en mayo pasado como investigador especial sobre la posible interferencia de Rusia en las elecciones presidenciales de EE.UU. en 2016.

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Entre los 12 cargos que enfrenta Manafort se encuentran también acusaciones de conspiración para lavar dinero, ser agente no registrado de una autoridad extranjera, declaraciones falsas y no presentación de informes de bancos extranjeros y cuentas financieras.

El exsocio empresarial de Manafort, Rick Gates, enfrenta los mismos cargos. Ambos se entregaron este lunes de mañana al Buró Federal de Investigaciones (FBI, por su sigla en inglés).

Manafort, de 68 años, se sumó al equipo de Trump (entonces precandidato por el Partido Republicano) en marzo de 2016 y se desempeñó como su jefe de campaña entre junio y agosto.

En ese mes debió abandonar su cargo debido a reportes señalando que había recibido millones de dólares por parte de un partido de Ucrania favorable al gobierno de Rusia.

Manafort, quien también fue asesor político del expresidente George H. W. Bush, negó entonces las acusaciones.

Según Jane O’Brien, periodista de la BBC en Washington, “el gobierno de Trump ha intentado distanciarse de Manafort, señalando que éste fue el presidente de la campaña brevemente y que se le pidió que renunciara a medida que aumentaban las denuncias”.

En el fin de semana, Trump expresó nuevamente su frustración por las investigaciones hacia sus colaboradores actuales y pasados por los supuestos vínculos con Rusia a través de una serie de tuits en los que volvió a arremeter contra su oponente demócrata, Hillary Clinton.

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