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Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge

23 February 2018, 02:09 | Maryann Sutton

New charging documents against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort were filed Wednesday

New charging documents against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort were filed Wednesday

Zwaan's plea comes on the heels of an extraordinary indictment from Mueller last week that charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a hidden but robust social media effort that provoked on-the-ground rallies and sought to meddle in the 2016 USA presidential election by denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and boosting the successful campaign of Republican Donald Trump.

The charges stem from alleged conduct that does not relate to work that Manafort and Gates performed for the Trump campaign.

Calk was announced as a member of then-candidate Donald Trump's council of economic advisers, but he was never offered a job in the administration. The latter questioned him concerning a report which Gates and Manafort have funded by funneling approximately four million dollars via an offshore account.

On 15 February, Mr Gates finalised a plea deal with Mr Mueller's office, indicating he will co-operate in the election investigation.

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

Mueller's primary investigative focus is on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interference in the election, and whether Trump tried to obstruct his investigation.

Both Manafort and Gates visited the federal courthouse in Washington on Tuesday without their lawyers for reasons that are still unclear.

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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.

The charging document unsealed on Tuesday concerned a report prepared at Manafort's behest by attorneys at the prominent USA law firm Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.

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. Moreover, he "deleted and otherwise did not produce emails sought by Mueller's office" and an unidentified law firm, the document continued.

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.

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.

Federal Savings has been "fully cooperating" with the special counsel and will continue to do so, the spokeswoman said.

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