Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate, Richard Gates, have been indicted on a range of charges, including money laundering and acting as unregistered foreign agents. Prosecutors also revealed that George Papadopoulos, another campaign adviser, had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Here are North Dakota and Minnesota leaders' reactions to the news:
Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.
Cramer said neither the charges against Manafort or Gates bear on Trump's campaign or administration. Cramer said he was not yet familiar with the details of Papadopoulos' guilty plea.
"I didn't know anything about Paul Manafort before," Cramer said about Trump’s decision to work with Manafort during the campaign. "I don't know how much information Donald Trump had on him."
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
"As this investigation continues, it's most important that the independent special counsel is able to do his job to determine the facts, and make sure those involved are held accountable under our justice system," Heitkamp said in statement provided by her office.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
"We don't have any additional information other than what is being reported about the indictment of Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos' plea deal, but we should get all the facts, which is what the special counsel and the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee are working to do," Hoeven said in a statement provided by his office.
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.
"I'm hopeful that this investigation will help us get to the bottom of exactly what role Russia played in the 2016 election and what the Trump team's relationship with Russia was," Franken said in a statement provided by his office. "Special counsel Robert Mueller must be allowed to continue his investigation, because the American people deserve answers, transparency, and accountability."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
"The indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates-and the news that George Papadopoulos pled guilty earlier this month-are a clear indication of how serious this matter is," Klobuchar said in a statement provided by her office. "It is more important than ever that we let Former FBI Director Mueller continue to follow the facts without interference by Congress or the Administration."
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
Peterson's office did not respond to a request for comment.