Manafort, Gates indicted on new tax and bank fraud charges

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New charges have been filed against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy by special counsel Robert Mueller's team, increasing pressure on the duo as they prepare for an expected trial later this year.

According to NBC, bank executives raised questions about the loans, and at least one employee who felt pressured to approve the loans is cooperating with the special counsel's office. He did not respond to WGN's requests for comment.

A Chicago bank executive is reportedly being investigated as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

NBC, citing sources said that the team of Mueller is now trying to determine whether the entered Manafort in collusion with the banker Stephen Calcom.

Around the time his bank made the Manafort loans in late 2016 and early 2017-for several properties including a Brooklyn townhouse-Mr.

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The 32-count indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in Virginia contains 25 brand new criminal charges against Manafort, 68, and Gates, 45, who also had been a top Trump campaign official.

Manafort, who was Trump's campaign manager for nearly five months in 2016, and Gates, who was deputy campaign manager, pleaded not guilty a year ago to Mueller's charges.

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. Both Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty.

The newly unsealed indictments allege that Mr Manafort attempted to avoid paying taxes on "tens of millions of dollars" in income resulting from their work as consultants for the Ukrainian government, former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, as well as Ukrainian political parties.

Both men are accused of nine counts of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.



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