Second Grand Jury Returns New 32-Count Indictment Against Manafort

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A second grand jury has returned a new 32-count indictment against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, III.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed new charges against Richard Gates III and Paul Manafort, the President Donald Trump's former campaign adviser.

A federal court in Virginia on Thursday returned a 32-count superseding indictment charging Manafort and Gates with committing tax fraud, failing to file reports on foreign bank and financial accounts and bank fraud conspiracy. "Manafort and Gates generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work,” the indictment says. “From approximately 2006 through the present, Manafort and Gates engaged in a scheme to hide income from United States authorities, while enjoying the use of the money."

Manafort was President Donald Trump's second campaign manager during election 2016. Manafort, along with Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump, Jr. met with Russian operatives at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016. Natalia Veselnitskaya, one of the operatives they met with, has been linked to foreign corruption and a likely murder in the United Kingdom. In order to secure the June 9th meeting with Manafort, Kushner, and Trump, Jr., Veselnitskaya promised the men 'dirt' on Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Following the Republican convention, Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign after the New York Times reported that Manafort's name had been found in a ledger linked to public corruption in Ukraine, a country that Manafort had performed political consulting in for years. Both Manafort and Gates were indicted for money laundering last year, among other criminal charges.

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