Do Manafort charges cover stint with Trump?

President Trumps tweeted that former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s indictment is related to actions prior to the job of running the Trump campaign. Is that true?

President Trump unleashed a stream of tweets Monday after former campaign manager Paul Manafort was charged with 12 felonies.

This one caught our attention:

Trump was implying that Manafort’s alleged wrongdoing occurred before he joined the Trump team.

We reviewed the indictment -- the charging document filed by prosecutors -- to verify whether any of the allegations cover Manafort's time with Trump.

TIMELINE: Manafort has deep ties with Russia

Manafort ran Trump's campaign for just five months, from March to August 2016. He helped Trump nail down delegates to win the GOP nomination and then ran the Republican National Convention.

Manafort and aide Rick Gates, who also worked for the Trump campaign, are charged with illegally hiding tens of millions of dollars in payments from the pro-Russia regime and parties in Ukraine to lobby Americans.

Manafort is charged with laundering the foreign money through at least 2016, which includes his campaign stint.

There is also this specific allegation: "Manafort and Gates developed a false and misleading cover story that would distance themselves" from their clients in Ukraine.

RELATED: Manafort, Gates plead not guilty to Mueller's charges

The cover story was needed as Manafort's connections to Ukraine came under fire while he was working for Trump.

On Aug. 16, 2016, the indictment says, Gates “communicated false talking points” to business partners.

Two days later, on August 18, Manafort quit his job running the Trump campaign.

We've verified the president's tweet is incorrect. The allegations against Manafort include his time with the campaign.

Manafort and Gates both pleaded not guilty.

Nothing in the indictment makes any mention of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

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