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The first steps to the impeachment of Donald Trump were taken by his former presidential campaign manager—right into FBI headquarters this morning (October 30). Paul Manafort surrendered to federal authorities after he was indicted as part of special counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the campaign to elect Trump.

Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, who were also part of the Trump campaign, also surrendered Monday, according to The Associated Press.

Manafort was hit with federal charges including conspiracy against the U.S. and money laundering. If convicted, he could face multiple years in federal prison. With the prospect of dying behind bars, the 68 year old may feel the pressure to cooperate with Mueller (read: snitch on Trump), something that probably scares the president even more than Black women.

Those charges could possibly be linked to allegations that Manafort was behind the racist ads on Facebook and Google that tried to influence the grassroots activism of The Movement for Black Lives to compel African Americans to vote for anybody but Hillary Clinton, who garnered more popular votes than Trump nearly one year ago.

Trump spent a good portion of Sunday tweeting about Mueller’s “witch hunt,” but the president’s Twitter fingers were silent on Monday until later in the morning.

Manafort’s Virginia home was raided by the FBI in August, signaling that he was a prime suspect in Mueller’s investigation into Russia collusion.

Monday’s arrests were precisely what the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has been waiting for, as the group of Democrats has been pushing for Trump’s indictment since immediately after the general election. The president has been engaged in a war of words with the CBC for months now, with much of the exchange surrounding the prospects of Trump’s impeachment.

One member, Texas Rep. Al Green, took to the House floor this month and made an impassioned plea for Trump’s impeachment in part because of how he treated fellow Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson in the fallout over the president’s condolence call to a Black Gold Star widow.

The odds of Trump being impeached were two to one this summer, according to a English betting house. Chances are those odds shifted at least a little today.

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