Kremlin: No accusations against Russia in Manafort indictment

Kremlin: No accusations against Russia in Manafort indictment
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Russia on Tuesday reportedly stressed that the indictment handed down in the special counsel’s investigation did not include accusations against Russia for meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said during a call with journalists that Russia has consistently maintained it did not interfere in the election, Reuters reported.

“Russia does not feature in the charges that were leveled in any way. Other countries and other people feature [in the charges],” Peskov said, according to the news service.

“Moscow never felt itself guilty so as to feel exonerated now,” he added.

Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortMueller lawyers seek to prevent their ouster with dual filings Bolton leaned on ex-lobbyist fired from Trump’s transition team to build NSC: report Trump-Russia probe marks one-year anniversary: This is what it has accomplished MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH aides intentionally compose Trump tweets with grammatical mistakes: report Holder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests Ex-Trump campaign adviser rips claims of spy in campaign: It's 'embarrassing' MORE’s former campaign chairman, on Monday pleaded not guilty to the nine charges against him included in a 12-count indictment. A former business associate of Manafort’s, Richard Gates, also pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces.

Charges against Manafort include money laundering, tax fraud and conspiracy against the United States.

The indictment comes amid a months-long ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s attempts to interfere in the presidential election and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and the Kremlin.