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Russia Probe Update: New Tax Charges for Manafort and Gates

by Countable | 2.23.18

What’s the story?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has unveiled 32 new tax and bank fraud charges against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates.

Gates is expected to plead guilty later today.

Why does it matter?

Manafort’s lawyer said in a statement:

"The new allegations against Mr. Manafort, once again, have nothing to do with Russia and 2016 election interference/collusion. Mr. Manafort is confident that he will be acquitted and violations of his constitutional rights will be remedied."

Gates and Manafort were initially charged with a 12-count indictment in October that accused the pair of conspiracy, money laundering, and other offenses related to their lobbying work in Ukraine. Both pleaded not guilty.

Earlier this week, Mueller announced a plea agreement with Alex van der Zwaan, a Russia-connected lawyer who lied about his contacts with Gates.

What do you think?

Is this a significant escalation in the investigation to you? What do you think will happen next? Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps.

—Josh Herman

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