(Washington, DC) – New charges are being filed against former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates. The new indictment contains 32 counts, including allegations of federal bank and tax fraud.
The indictment came from a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia today. That’s in addition to the 12-count indictment Special Counsel Robert Mueller served Manafort and Gates with in October, alleging money laundering and failure to register as foreign agents while completing work related to Ukraine.
Meanwhile, a lawyer for Manafort is confident Manafort will be cleared of the new charges in the Russia investigation. In a statement, Manafort’s lawyer claimed the new charges don’t have anything to do with Russia or interference in the 2016 election.
Earlier this week, attorney Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to lying to the Special Counsel’s investigators about a conversation he had with Gates in September 2016.