Russia: New charges for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates

Randall Padilla
February 23, 2018

The new indictment comes a week after Mueller filed charges against 13 Russians, accusing them of a vast conspiracy to undermine the US presidential election. The charges against Manafort and Gates don't relate to any allegations of misconduct related to Trump's campaign.

It's CEO, Steve Clark, served as a Trump campaign economic adviser. Those charges are also connected to the offshore accounts in the new indictment.

CNN previously reported that Gates has been in negotiations with Mueller's office for more than a month, and that Gates had spoken to prosecutors about his case since his 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".

Nunberg, who worked as a campaign aide until he was sacked in 2015, will meet with Mueller's team in Washington, those familiar with the matter told Bloomberg and NBC Wednesday. This particular report was authored by the Skadden Arps.

The charges arose from consultant work for a pro-Russian government in Ukraine.

References to those loans have popped up in recent court filings related to the negotiations over Manafort's bail proposal, which involves properties he had put up as collateral for the FSB loans.

Yanukovych's government used the report to justify to the European Court of Human Rights the pre-trial detention by the Ukrainian government of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a Yanukovych rival, who was convicted in 2011 of embezzlement and corruption charges and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Patrick Brackley, the attorney who will accompany Nunberg to visit Mueller's team, could not immediately be reached for comment.

In fact, the document said, Zwaan's last spoke to Gates and Person A in September 2016 and secretly recorded both calls.

The latest development follows a flurry of indictments handed down form the special counsel's office, including another indictment on Tuesday issued against Alex Van Der Zwaan, who was charged with lying to both the special counsel's office and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents regarding his communications with Gates. According to court papers attached to his plea agreement, the conversations, including some using encrypted applications, occurred in September 2016 and involved possible criminal charges being brought in Ukraine against a former Ukrainian official, Manafort and "Law Firm A", an apparent reference to Skadden Arps.

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