Manafort Faces New Claims of Additional Criminal Activity by Mueller
One-time Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been accused of more criminal activity by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into potential collusion between the Kremlin and the president’s campaign.
Politico reported Friday night that Mueller’s office has found “additional criminal conduct” since Manafort was indicted in October for committing bank fraud and failing to register as a foreign agent.
Prosecutors in Manafort’s case argued on Tuesday that the bail package their $10 million bail package currently in negotiations is no longer sufficient given the new charges, newly-redacted court records unsealed Friday reveal.
“The proposed package is deficient in the government’s view, in light of additional criminal conduct that we have learned since the Court’s initial bail determination,” prosecutors said in the records, accusing Manafort of “a series of bank frauds and bank fraud conspiracies.”
There are currently no known criminal charges brought against Manafort based on the new information.
Earlier in the week, news broke that Manafort’s longtime associate and Trump deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates was finalizing a plea deal with Mueller. The move indicates that he’s cooperating with the special counsel, making him the third suspected Trump aide to do so.