Mueller brings new charges against Manafort, Gates

Friday, 23 Feb, 2018

However, Gates is reportedly nearing a plea deal with Mueller and will testify against Manafort.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to the earlier charges.

But the charge against the attorney does not involve election meddling or relate to the Trump campaign's operations.

The 3 November 2017, questioning of van der Zwaan occurred just days after Manafort's indictment, while prosecutors still were investigating potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, according to court papers.

Numerous details in the new indictment are shared with those in the October indictment, including the usage of offshore accounts.

Manafort did consulting work for the pro-Russian Ukrainian political party the Party of Regions and other related clients between 2006 and 2015, according to the indictment. As the president tweeted last October - around the same time Gates was allegedly lying to his tax preparer - Manafort's crimes took place "years ago".

Mr Manafort, the charges say, also used offshore corporate accounts to purchase property in the United States, and that both men used the money to make improvements on and refinance properties they own in the US. But to do that, the grand jury charged, he and his deputy made false claims to banks about their company's income and existing debts. If so, Thursday's indictment adds to that pressure.

The banker in question is Stephen Chalk, the president of Federal Savings Bank. "The delinquency significantly affected Manafort's credit rating score". Calk was seeking to become Mr. Trump's Army secretary, according to three people briefed on the interactions, The Wall Street Journal reported previous year. In a February 22 minute order, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote that both the Alexandria and Long Island properties are liable for foreclosure.

Manafort and Gates were hit with a 12-count indictment in October - the first criminal charges in Mueller's probe of Russian interference with the 2016 election.

The indictment described how tax return forms failed to flag foreign bank accounts and concealed income from the US Treasury. Gates' three lawyers have all asked to be dismissed from the case.

The new indictment comes just a day after Alex Van Der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer and son-in-law of a Russian oligarch, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about communications regarding Ukraine with Gates.