Mueller's new indictment of Manafort and Gates debunks White House talking points

Chelsea West
February 23, 2018

The special counsel has been leading the investigation into potential Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 USA presidential election.

Did former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort promise to get a Chicago banker a White House job in exchange for millions of dollars in home loans?

George Papadopoulos, who was on the Trump campaign's foreign policy advisory panel, admitted in October 2017 to making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about contacts he had with the Russian government in 2016.

The indictment unsealed on Thursday includes allegations of wrongdoing as recently as January 2017 and alleges that Manafort and Gates were desperate for cash when their lobbying business dried up, after pro-Kremlin Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was forced to flee to Russian Federation after being ousted from power.

Gates, meanwhile, is reportedly negotiating a plea deal, according to multiple media outlets.

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They both pleaded not guilty, with Mr Manafort released on $10m bond and Mr Gates released on $5m bond and placed under house arrest as they were deemed a flight risk.

Mueller was appointed in May to investigate potential co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. This particular report was authored by the Skadden Arps.

Alex van der Zwaan, 33 years old, and previous employee of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, has admitted in the federal court of Washington that he made false statements regarding his interactions with Rick Gates. The report, authored by Skadden Arps, focused on the trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a political foe of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, whose political party was a client of Gates and Manafort. Manafort was close to Ukrainian and Russian political and business figures with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He also told the agents that he did not know why an email between him and Person A was not produced to Mueller's office. Moreover, he "deleted and otherwise did not produce emails sought by Mueller's office" and an unidentified law firm, the document continued.

Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty to those charges in October.

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