Mueller Brings More Charges Against Manafort, Gates


Special counsel Robert Mueller's office on Thursday disclosed a new set of criminal charges filed against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates.

In October past year, both Gates and Manafort were charged with 12 counts of conspiracy against the United States, making false statements, money laundering and failing to register as foreign agents for Ukraine.

The charges are part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 presidential election.

Further, between 2015 and 2017, as the Ukrainian income dried up after Yanukovych fled to Russia, Manafort, with Gates' help, extracted money from his own real estate by using the properties as collateral to get loans of over $20 million.

Because the districts are different, this new report confirms speculation that Mueller has convened at least two grand juries in his investigation. They also allegedly used money from their offshore accounts to pay for luxury goods, and, in Gates' case, for his mortgage and children's tuition.

"Manafort and Gates generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work".

They both pleaded not guilty, with Mr Manafort released on $10m bond and Mr Gates released on $5m bond and placed under house arrest as they were deemed a flight risk.

Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty after they were initially charged last October. The lawsuit was settled in August 2016 and the one-page filing in a NY court did not provide details of the terms.

Earlier this year, Manafort filed a civil complaint against Mueller's office alleging the special counsel exceeded his authority by bringing charges against him because none of the charges were connected to the 2016 election.

It could also signal Manafort or Gates have reached an agreement with prosecutors.

But legal experts said the charge would put more pressure on the former Trump aides to cooperate with Mueller as he looks into whether Russian Federation tried to influence the election in favor of Trump by hacking the emails of leading Democrats and distributing disinformation and propaganda online. The charges against Manafort and Gates don't relate to any allegations of misconduct related to Trump's campaign.