Former Trump adviser pleads guilty in Mueller probe

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives at a federal courthouse with his attorney Kevin Downing

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a new indictment against US President Donald Trump's former campaign aides, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.

"There'd be no anxiety here", a spokesperson told CNN last week.

RYAN LUCAS, BYLINE: Well, as you said, this has been a process that has been going on for several weeks now. The investigation also included Gates, who is also Manafort's business associate. What can you say about them? It also charges them with filing false tax returns from 2010 through 2014 and in most of those years concealing their foreign bank accounts from the IRS.

Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Mr Manafort, said in a statement that the former Trump campaign chairman is innocent and stressed that the charges "have nothing to do with Russian Federation and 2016 election interference/collusion". The special counsel then accused them of running a complex money laundering scheme - global scale, worth tens of millions of dollars. Gates got more than $3 million from the offshore accounts, and the income was concealed from the treasury, according to the indictment. Others are failing to register as a foreign agent.

Gates's expected cooperation with Mueller is pretty clearly bad news for Manafort.

While Manafort avoided the press yesterday people speaking for him said he is innocent of all charges and that he had nothing to do with Russian Federation or collusion of any type regarding the 2016 elections.

Analysts said that Gates' plea could be a signal that he's willing to cooperate with the special counsel and could provide insight into the inner workings of the Trump campaign and transition at moments crucial to Mueller's investigation.

LUCAS: To the original charges.

MARTIN: A lot of pressure on him, a lot of charges. Both have pleaded not guilty. So what - where does that stand now? Zwaan could escape prison time due to this plea deal. His three lawyers have asked to leave the case, a request the judge is considering.

ABC reported on Thursday that Gates added attorney Tom Green, who is known for negotiating pleas, to his legal team.

While the latest indictment did not charge Manafort with any crime specifically tied to the Hapsburg Group, those activities were cited to show Manafort had been actively lobbying for Ukraine and had broken laws by not registering as such in the United States.

Seven of the charges in the new indictment replicate counts that were already pending in the earlier indictment lodged against both men in Washington federal court last October. I mean, is this another case of, as critics would say, the investigation expanding too far beyond its original mandate?

As part of Friday's plea, Mr Gates admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about a March 2013 meeting in Washington with a U.S. lawmaker in which the topic of Ukraine was discussed while Mr Manafort was present.

Trump has publicly dismissed the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" and said there was no collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin. Manafort was the chairman during really the heart of the race. That elevated Gates to deputy campaign manager.

It's certainly possible given his roles on the campaign. NPR's Ryan Lucas is in the studio with us to talk about this development.

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