Donald Trump's associates charged with conspiracy against the US and money laundering

- Donald Trump's associates charged with conspiracy against the US and money laundering.

- Trump claims the charges are from years ago but despite being as recent as 2016 and 2017.

- These are the first charges related to the FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections and collusion with Trump's team.
U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager
and another aide have been charged with conspiracy against the US and money laundering, the first charges stemming from an FBI probe into alleged Russia meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates surrendered to the FBI on Monday. 

These are the first charges in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections and collusion with Trump's team.

The U.S. Department of Justice also disclosed on Monday that George Papadopolous, who served on the Trump advisory team during the 2016 campaign, pleaded guilty on October 5 to "making false statements to FBI agents". 

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has dismissed these charges against his aides saying that they are from years ago even though some are as recent as 2016 and 2017.

Trump tweeted on Monday that "this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign". 

He added that there "is no COLLUSION!" - a statement he has repeatedly said in reference to the probe into Russia's alleged meddling. 

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