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Summary

  1. Trump campaign aide George Papadopolous admits lying to FBI about contacts with Russians
  2. Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates appear in court
  3. They plead not guilty to charges of money laundering and tax evasion
  4. The charges against Manafort and Gates are not directly linked to Trump-Russia probe

Live Reporting

By Max Matza

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for now

    We're wrapping up our live coverage of today's developments in the Russia investigation.

    Here's a summary of what happened:

    • Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos admits to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russians
    • The charges against Papadopoulos are the first to be brought by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged links between Russia and the Trump campaign
    • Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering unrelated to the 2016 election
    • Manafort was freed on a $10m bond and Gates was released on a $5m bond. Both men are under house arrest until their next court appearance
    • White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the charges against Manafort have nothing to do with the White House
    • Sanders said Papadopoulos's role as a foreign policy adviser was "extremely limited" and a "volunteer position"

    Check out more details about today's revelations in our story.

  2. Ukrainian lawmaker reacts

    Serhiy Leshchenko
    Image caption: Serhiy Leshchenko

    Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko - who helped to expose the "black ledger" which appeared to show secret payments to Manafort made by former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych - called the charges against Manafort "great news".

    "I’m very much satisfied, because Manafort was involved in high-level corruption in Ukraine," he told Radio Free Europe.

    "He helped one of the most corrupt persons in the world to be elected president," he said, referring to Manafort's work as an adviser to the former Ukrainian president.

    The so-called "black ledger", first reported by the New York Times, led to Manafort's resignation in August 2016 from the Trump campaign.

  3. Manafort and Gates face house arrest

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    A judge has placed both Manafort and Gates under house arrest pending their next court hearing on 2 November.

    Manafort's bond has been set at $10m and Gates' at $5m.

    Both men have pleaded not guilty to all 12 criminal charges.

  4. Manafort lawyer gives statement

    A lawyer for Paul Manafort has just emerged from the courtroom in Washington, where he repeatedly described the charges against his client as "ridiculous".

    Kevin Downing said the government is using a "very novel theory" of the Foreign Agents Registration Act to prosecute his client.

    "There is no evidence that Manafort colluded with Russian government," he told reporters gathered outside the courthouse.

    Manafort and Gates are due back in court on 2 November.

  5. Spokesman for Rick Gates: 'This fight is just beginning'

    A spokesman for Rick Gates has just given a statement saying that his client "welcomes the opportunity to confront these charges in court".

    During the court hearing, Gates was represented by a public defender, who typically represent suspects who are unable to afford a lawyer.

    Gates' spokesman Glenn Selig condemned the indictment, saying it was "designed to accommodate perhaps political and press considerations rather than his right to have counsel of his choice by his side during this most troubling and challenging day for him and his loved ones."

    "This fight is just beginning," Selig added.

  6. Who is Papadapoulos? The White House says he's a nobody.

    White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders calls him "a volunteer member of an advisory council that literally met one time".

    That one meeting with the president took place last March, says Sanders, adding that nothing came of it.

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  7. White House defends Trump's judgement

    Sarah Sanders is asked about President Trump's judgement in involving Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in his 2016 campaign.

    "These were seasoned operatives, you make it sound like they were regular offenders in massive amounts of trouble," she says.

    When asked if today's revelations will distract from the president's domestic agenda, she says: "We're not worried about it distracting because it has nothing to do with us."

  8. No pardons for Manafort or Gates

    Sarah Sanders says she has had no conversations with President Trump about possible pardons for Paul Manafort or Rick Gates, if they are convicted.

    "Let the process play through," she says.

  9. White House: 'No plan to remove Mueller'

    Sarah Sanders at the White House

    White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says Trump has no plans to replace Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    "There is no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel," she says.

    "The real collusion scandal as we've said several times before has everything to do with the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS, and Russia."

  10. Democratic lobbyist steps down

    A lobbyist for the Democratic party, Tony Podesta, is stepping down from the company he founded, according to Politico.

    The lobbying firm is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller.

    Mr Podesta's brother, John, was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

    Tony Podesta's firm was hired by Paul Manafort to lobby on behalf of an organisation that was seeking to burnish the image of Ukraine's president.

    According to US media, Mueller's investigators are examining whether Podesta's firm adhered to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, under which those who lobby on behalf of foreign governments must submit full disclosures to the Justice Department.

  11. 'No Russian collusion' from Trump's campaign

    Mr Sekulow tells CNN he is "completely convinced" there was no Russian collusion and no obstruction.

    "I'm not concerned about this at all and no one else is either," he says.

    He adds there is no plan to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel. "The president is not interfering," he says.

    "I don't think anyone is surprised this indictment came down today," Mr Sekulow says. "We've expected this for months."

  12. BreakingTrump's lawyer speaks on CNN

    Jay Sekulow tells CNN the charges against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are "serious" but do not relate to Mr Trump's election campaign.

    He continued that George Papadopoulos' crime was "lying about the timing" of his conversations with Russian contacts - rather than the conversations themselves.

  13. Papadapolous lawyer's statement

    Here's a statement from George Papadopolous's lawyers.

    Papadopolous has pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents concerning Russian involvement in the 2016 US election.

    Statement from George Papadopoulos's lawyers, which declines to comment