Bakersfield, CA – August 16, 2018 – Chicago prosecutors are not ready to bring charges against President Donald Trump’s longtime campaign chairman after the president’s son and senior adviser, Paul Manafort, allegedly laundered millions of dollars through a shell company linked to the Ukrainian government, the Chicago Tribune reported today.
Manafort, who resigned from Trump’s campaign in August after he was indicted by the special counsel Robert Mueller, has not been charged with any crimes.
However, the prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against Manafort because they don’t have enough evidence, the newspaper reported.
The prosecutors are also reluctant to prosecute Manafort because the investigation into his alleged ties to the Kremlin is still ongoing.
Manafort was indicted in a federal grand jury indictment in July 2018 on charges of money laundering, conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, and making false statements to the Federal Election Commission.
The indictment accused Manafort of acting as an agent of the Russian government through his firm and directing and directing other Russian nationals to make payments to Manafort through his business, Mercury LLC, for political consulting work in 2016 and 2017.
Manafort has not denied the allegations and has not spoken publicly about the matter.
In an email to the Tribune, Manafort’s attorney, Robert Kelner, said the Manafort indictment is a political witch hunt by the Mueller investigation, according the Tribune.
The former campaign manager has said in the past that he is not guilty of any crime.
In August, prosecutors filed a motion asking the judge to drop the indictment, the Tribune reported.
Prosecutors have not yet announced if they will continue to pursue charges against the former campaign chair, the paper said.