CHICO, Calif. - Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R - Richvale) said that unless more information comes out of Monday's indictments by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it should not be worrisome to the Trump Administration.
President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was indicted on charges that he funneled millions of dollars through overseas shell companies and used the money to buy luxury cars, real estate, antiques and expensive suits.
Longtime associate Rick Gates was also indicted, but none of the charges are directly related to collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Both men pleaded not guilty in court today.
"Manafort didn't really have very much involvement with the Trump campaign," said LaMalfa, who was in Chico at a news conference in support of repealing California's increased gas tax.
Manafort worked for the Trump campaign from March until August in 2016, serving for several months as campaign chairman.
"The more the investigation goes, it seems more is being turned up on Hillary (Clinton), (John) Podesta and the folks on the Democrat side."
"So it seems [the Democrats] would want to put the brakes on (the investigation) after awhile," he said.