Having apparently flipped his right-hand man Rick Gates, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed a superceding indictment for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that includes 32 new criminal charges, majority involving tax evasion.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller [official website] filed a new indictment [text, PDF] leveling 32 new charges against Paul Manafort and Richard Gates in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] Thursday.
Additionally, the indictment claims that the pair funneled over $75 million from offshore bank accounts to directly purchase various goods without paying taxes on that money.
Mr. Manafort and a longtime business associate, Richard Gates, were indicted in late October by the special counsel's office on charges of conspiring against the US, money laundering, failing to file reports on foreign bank and financial accounts, and making false statements connected to their work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.More news: First National Bank, Enterprise Rent-A-Car end promotions for NRA members
Gates is expected to become the third former Trump campaign associate to plead guilty to criminal charges and agree to cooperate with Mueller's investigation into whether there was collusion between the Trump team and Russian Federation during the 2016 election. They are accused of directing a covert Washington lobbying campaign on behalf of pro-Russian Ukrainian interests.
On Thursday the US Department of Justice Unsealed Further Charges Against Manafort and GatesThe two men were first indicted in October of previous year for laundering millions of dollars and not registering as foreign agents although they worked for over a decade as political consultants in Ukraine. But some of those charges also were filed against Gates as well, who is reported to have plea deal in place.
New charges unsealed against Manafort as...
According to the court document, Van Der Zwaan "willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements", both to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to the office of special counsel Mueller, when he was interrogated on November 3, 2017 about his contacts with Gates about the Tymoshenko report.More news: Sebastien Toutant wins gold in men's snowboarding big air
Mueller was appointed in May to investigate potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign as well as possible crimes uncovered during the course of the investigation.
Mueller's original indictment against Manafort and Gates, filed in October 2017, contained twelve counts, seven of which were "failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts". Gates joined the campaign with Manafort and remained involved even after Manafort's departure in August of 2016.
The new charges stem from work Manafort and Gates performed for Ukraine, specifically for Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych and the political parties affiliated with him. President Trump did not address the latest developments but in the past he has sought to distance himself from Gates and Manafort.
Gates's expected cooperation with Mueller is pretty clearly bad news for Manafort.More news: Moon, Ivanka stress need for peace, but differ on N. Korea
It returned last December, when Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his relationship with Sergei Kislyak, the former Russian ambassador to the United States.