RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7/AP) A former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates both pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court.
They were arrested on charges related to conspiracy against the US and other felonies and are the first from the special counsel investigating possible coordination between Russia and President Trump's campaign.
Luke Hunt, a former FBI Special Agent and current Radford University professor explained why this case is noteworthy.
"I think what this indictment does, it allows this investigation to perhaps put a little bit of pressure, to leverage that indictment to perhaps gain more insight into what is happening and I think from my perspective that strikes me as a classic law enforcement tactic," Hunt said.
Both Manafort and Gates turned themselves in to the FBI Monday. They're charged with a combined 12 counts.
An attorney for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman says that there is "no evidence" that his client or the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.