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Rep. Pete King: Nothing in Manafort-Gates Indictments

(Fox News' "America's Newsroom")

By    |   Monday, 30 October 2017 12:16 PM

There is nothing in the indictments handed down against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy and long-time business associate Rick Gates that implicates the president or his campaign, and it was "wrong" to speculate about the indictments over the weekend, Rep. Pete King said Monday.

"From everything I've seen and read there is nothing in the indictments that in any way involves the campaign in any way, President [Donald] Trump or anyone at all as far as the campaign itself," the New York Republican, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" co-anchor Bill Hemmer. "It goes back five or six years, predates the campaign entirely and probably predates Paul Manafort meeting Donald Trump."

Further, King said, it was wrong to speculate over the weekend who would end up being indicted, including members of Trump's family or people in his administration.

"I felt all along this had to involve incidents that had nothing to do with the campaign," said King. "I assumed it would be Paul Manafort. I have no idea about guilt or innocence. I know the only evidence that seems to have come out from reading about it in the past has been involving Paul Manafort and his lobbying activities. Nothing to do with the campaign."

According to the 12-count indictment, which was handed down last Friday, against Manafort, 68, and Gates, 45, include conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, performing as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) statements, false statements and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

The indictment does not mention Trump or the campaign, but instead mainly alleged activities taking place in years before they joined the Trump effort.

But that doesn't mean the White House is off the hook, and the investigation has to go forward, King said.

"What I'm saying from what I've seen so far, there is no evidence at all linking the Trump campaign to Russia, Russian influence or collusion," said King. "The New York Times will say thus far there is no evidence of collusion. That's the reality. This investigation has been going on for over a year."

The investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign began a year ago under then-FBI Director James Comey, King pointed out, before the presidential race was over.

"We've gone through all the different iterations whether it involves the FBI, the Justice Department, special prosecutor, also three committees in the Congress, and so far I'm not aware of any evidence at all that has come out in any way linking the Trump campaign to Russia, Russian interests or Russian influence," said King.

King said he has been involved in some of the interviews, and wouldn't say exactly what was said, except that "I have not heard any evidence at all what would in any way involve the Trump campaign as far as any kind of Russian collusion. There has been nothing at all ... I can't go into any testimony that was offered other than to say I've seen nothing at all indicating any collusion."

The lawmaker on Monday said he'd advise Trump to stay away from the matter and not "lower himself to get involved in this."

"There is nothing there," said King. "His lawyer can put out a one-line statement saying that. To me the president is giving, he is dignifying all of the rumors out there. Forget it. So far there is nothing. I doubt there will be. We have to wait and see."

Trump Monday brushed off the indictment news with a pair of tweets, saying the activities for which Manafort and Gates were charged occurred well before the election.

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