Another Federal Grand Jury Has Indicted Paul Manafort And Rick Gates

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In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

A spokesman for Mr. Manafort said, "I don't comment on rumors".

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 new indictment comes a week after a separate Mueller indictment charged 13 Russians in a conspiracy to undermine the USA presidential election.

The new charges come as Gates' legal strategy and defense team are still in question.

Mr. Calk was placing calls to the Pentagon and specifically to Army headquarters, asking for briefings to obtain information and prepare himself for a possible job, according to a person familiar with the inquiries.

Calk has not received a job in the Trump administration.

Zwaan, who married the daughter of a Russian-Ukrainian oligarch previous year, admitted making false statements, as part of a plea agreement with the special prosecutor on the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller. Manafort and Calk was reported by NBC News earlier on Wednesday.

Citing court filings related to Manafort's bail, NBC News said that federal prosecutors said they have "substantial evidence" that a loan made from the Chicago bank to Manafort using some properties as collateral was secured through false representations made by Manafort, including inaccurate income statements. That indictment focused not on events in the 2016 race but financial transactions involving work by Manafort and Gates for a Ukrainian political party, and their failure to notify United States authorities that they were allegedly acting as lobbyists for a foreign government. If Gates agrees to cooperate in the probe, that could put more pressure on Manafort and others who worked in the Trump campaign.

Appeared in the February 22, 2018, print edition as 'Mueller Examines Manafort Loans'.

Both men are accused of nine counts of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

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