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How the Russia probe closed in on Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort at the Republican convention. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Paul Manafort was in the room when Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer hoping for dirt on Hillary Clinton. One month later, he reportedly sent an email to a Russian billionaire offering private briefings on the campaign. Before he even signed on with Trump, the FBI was reportedly secretly monitoring his calls.

Why it matters: Now, he has surrendered to authorities and been charged with 12 counts in the first indictments of Robert Mueller's Russia probe.