Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

United States expands fraud charges against ex-Trump campaigners

MUELLER TIME Special counsel Robert Mueller above brought new criminal charges yesterday against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates United States expands fraud charges against ex-Trump campaigners
Patty Aguilar | 23 February, 2018, 22:37

Two other people who aided Trump in the campaign or in the White House - former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos - have pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their foreign contacts.

Paul Manafort says in a statement that the plea by Rick Gates on Friday does not change his commitment to defend himself against what he calls "untrue piled up charges".

Thursday's indictment adds more pressure on Manafort and Gates as their Washington trial approaches this year. Initially, he pleaded not guilty to the October charges.

It would mark the fifth publicly known guilty plea in the special counsel probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 elections.

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

US President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign manager has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators.

Rick Gates, a former adviser on Donald Trump's 2016 United States presidential campaign, is expected to plead guilty in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe on Friday, person familiar with the decision has said. The new case against Manafort and Gates, filed in Virginia, remained mostly under seal on Friday morning.

Mr Manafort said in a statement: "Notwithstanding that Rick Gates pled today, I continue to maintain my innocence".

In Gates' deal, the original charges were rolled into one count of conspiracy to defraud the government and a second of lying over his unregistered lobbying for Ukraine.

Defense lawyer Tom Green, who's handled the plea negotiation for Gates, told the court he'd represent Gates officially Thursday night, a strong indication that Gates was on the precipice of a plea deal with prosecutors.

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Mr Mueller's team alleged in a 32-count indictment on Thursday that Mr Gates and Mr Manafort concealed more than $30m of income from U.S. tax authorities.

Gates is expected to appear in federal court on Friday afternoon.

Gates is the highest-ranking former Trump campaign official to sign a plea deal with Mueller's team since former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn agreed to one last December.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, said Gates had informed family and friends in a letter about his decision.

"It enhances the pressure each of them should feel to work out a plea and cooperation agreement".

The charges against Manafort and Gates arise from their foreign lobbying and efforts that prosecutors say they made to hide their income by disguising it as loans from offshore companies.

The charges don't name the lobbyist or the lawmaker but filings with the Justice Department show Manafort and lobbyist Vin Weber of Mercury Public Affairs met with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., on that date as part of an effort on behalf of Ukrainian interests.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

The new indictment offers a more detailed portrait of what prosecutors say was a multiyear scheme by Manafort and Gates to use their income from working for a Ukrainian political party to buy properties, evade taxes and support a lavish lifestyle even after their business connections in Kiev evaporated.

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