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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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  • Donna
    02/23/2018
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    If nothing else, members of the Trump campaign appear to be guilty of corruption. That is NOT A HOAX. The fact that there is a president in the Oval Office who appears to be more concerned about himself than the protection of our elections, proves this is NOT A HOAX. If DJT really thought he and his associates were innocent, he would stop acting guilty and fulfill his oath of office to defend and protect our Constitution. Robert Mueller is doing his job and should be left alone. If DJT is innocent, he has one of the nation's best on the case to prove that.

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  • Sylvia
    02/23/2018
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    Protect Mueller and this investigation. Anyone working to stop this investigation has committed crimes against US themselves...point blank-no other explanations needed.

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  • KansasTamale
    02/23/2018
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    Very good. Now charges for Trump, Pence, Trump’s cabinet, the leaders of the GOP Congress and any other Congress person involved in keeping our government from doing its job on ferreting out those in collusion with Russia in any way.

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  • Bernardine
    02/23/2018
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    Keep up the good work mr mueller!

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  • Timnyc
    02/23/2018
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    Pursue Justice for these individuals who knowingly have attempted to avoid taxes on the profits of others and themselves as well as conspiring against the United States. The 1% must be held accountable as all citizens are...Equal Justice under the law

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  • Gilbert
    02/24/2018
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    Hey Snowflakes!!! The tax evasion charges on these two individuals stem from business dealings they had TWO YEARS before joining the Trump Campaign and have NOTHING to do with the President’s road to the White House. So change your soiled ADULT DISPOSABLES and start worrying about the REAL RUSSIAN collusion which took place with the Obama Administration, Crooked Hillary, the FBI, Loretta Lynch, and many other Democrats in order to rig the election against Trump. When all is said and done, quite a few of those dishonest and lying crooked SWAMP dwellers may wind up in prison cells where they deserve to be. I strongly urge ALL you Snowflakes to stock up on extra disposables because “the **** is about to hit the fan. It may undoubtedly create a shortage of adult Pampers.

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  • Jerry
    02/24/2018
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    Just wondering how long you’re going to keep supporting this traitorous disgrace. History is going to paint you with the same brush if you don’t do something about it. Hoax my ass.

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  • RickEberhardt
    02/24/2018
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    Let’s get a special investigator to investigate the previous administration including two attorney generals. Also the sale of uranium by the Secretary of State and her president. Are we really going to let them get away with all they did? How about Bill Clinton and the meeting on the tarmac? The Clinton Foundation?

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  • Tracy
    02/24/2018
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    It is imperative that Mr Muller be allowed to continue his investigation. Follow the money. If you or any of the other officials want to stop him and do not think this is relevant, then I need to wonder if you have something to hide as well! Get rid of this corruption. Stop the Russian meddling.

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  • Brian
    02/23/2018
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    The corruption is self evident old cadet bone spur went from no association to admission to the mantra of no collusion but in time even that will change how long will you represent a lame horse and not your constituents

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  • Chuck
    02/24/2018
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    The real criminal operation was running this country for 16 of the prior 24 years and nothing was done to hinder their illicit activities. Yes I am speaking of the Clinton/Obama syndicate. Organized crime at it worst and still operating deep today. The interruption in their operations by Bush and Trump presidencies have only made them go more covert than ever. The liberal resistance is being financed and ran by them and their cronies such as Soros.

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  • Michael
    02/24/2018
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    Throughout this investigation it has become increasingly clear that numerous Democratic Politicians have colluded with Russia on dozens of instances. Where are those prosecutions? You can’t tell anyone with any honesty that this commission is not exempting the criminal acts of the left. What happened to justice for all?

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  • Joe
    02/24/2018
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    Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about his consensual affair with Monica Lewinsky. I can’t wait to find out what happened to President Trump for his consensual affair with Russia.

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  • Mindful
    02/24/2018
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    Get’m

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  • Robert
    02/24/2018
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    This is such a sham and I can't believe we are wasting our time and money on it. The only corruption that went on had to do with the Clintons and Obama.

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  • Laura
    02/24/2018
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    God bless and keep Robert Mueller and his thorough, meticulous, undaunted investigation. It’s still early and it seems things are just now getting rolling, but he may well represent our last best hope to protect our democracy from malicious forces both within and without that mean us serious harm. Do not take the safety of Mr. Mueller’s investigation for granted. If that cretin 45 can figure out a way to stop this deep dive search for truth be assured he will. It is the voices of we the people that can help to shield this essential investigation from 45’s foul intent. Everyone needs to be sure their legislators understand the dismissal of Mr. Mueller or any interference with his investigation will not be tolerated. My Oklahoma legislators, I’m talking to you.

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  • Roger
    02/24/2018
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    I will say it again - the only real Russian collusion indictments that will come out of this whole mess will involve Hillary and Obama. Tax and fraud charges that have nothing to do with President Trump or Russian collusion and for that matter the whole purpose of the special council are all smoke screens for what’s to come. You snowflakes are being played by the king of players. It has to appear that the current administration is being investigated so that when the hammer falls on the real criminals (Hillary and Obama) it will not appear partisan! I can’t wait to hear all the wailing and see the leftist in America melt down like when their Presidential hopes with Hillary were dashed.

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  • David
    02/24/2018
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    All these indictments by Mueller, show no collusion between Russia and Trump. 12 + months and this is all we have? Under whose watch did the Russians operate? Whose administration allowed these Russians in? Who did Russia pay to give a speech in Russia? Who did Russia get approval to buy 20% of our Uranium from? Whose private server illegally contained top secret information? Who broke into the DNC computer system? Who illegally destroyed hard drives and phones to cover up their actions? Why was Obama officially communicating with Hillary via her private server? THESE ARE THE REAL QUESTIONS I WANT ANSWERED.

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  • Christine
    02/24/2018
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    Fantastic! Mr. Gates is a through line! He knows EVERYTHING about trump-pence. Keep going Mr. Mueller!!!

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  • James
    02/24/2018
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    This is all pretty boring, they’re just catching a few of the bad actors. The government is simply too big, corrupt and bad to the bone.

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