Mueller files new charges against Manafort and Gates

Frederick Owens
February 23, 2018

Also Wednesday, Reuters reported that Mueller filed new sealed criminal charges have been filed against Manafort and his former aide Rick Gates. However, the new indictment goes into greater detail regarding how both Manafort and Gates allegedly worked around financial safeguards, including how they swapped and edited PDFs and Word documents.

With new charges added, Gates turning against him and the pressure mounting, Manafort may end up cooperating with the special counsel.

Zwaan's plea comes after Mueller gave an extraordinary indictment which charged 13 Russians and also three Russian companies. These are small island nations where local laws make it easy to park money.

On top of this, the indictment claims that when they ran out of Ukraine money, they lied to lenders to obtain millions of dollars in mortgages on American properties.

President Trump said the indictment proves his campaign did nothing wrong.

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They were able to defraud banks because of the tens of millions of dollars they earned doing Ukrainian political work and lobbying from 2006 until 2015, the prosecutors allege. It leaves open the possibility that Manafort or Gates could face additional state charges of filing false tax returns.

Seven of the charges in the new indictment replicate counts that were already pending in the earlier indictment lodged against both men in Washington federal court last October. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates have pleaded not guilty.

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 stem from alleged conduct that does not relate to work that Manafort and Gates performed for the Trump campaign. With mounting legal expenses and the potential for lengthy prison sentences, Manafort and Gates might reconsider cutting a deal with Mueller's team.

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