Mueller files new charges against Manafort and Gates


New charges have been filed against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy by special counsel Robert Mueller's team, increasing pressure on the duo as they prepare for an expected trial later this year.

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.

The charges against Manafort and Gates did not relate to any allegations of misconduct related to Trump's campaign.

On top of this, the indictment claims that when they ran out of Ukraine money, they lied to lenders to obtain millions of dollars in mortgages on American properties. They also allegedly used money from their offshore accounts to pay for luxury goods, and, in Gates' case, for his mortgage and children's tuition. However, some of their alleged crimes occurred while they were working for Trump and afterward.

Manafort faces 18 new charges in Virginia, while Gates faces 23 new charges.

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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. Both Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty. Manafort was close to Ukrainian and Russian political and business figures with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mueller explained in a status report that some of the new charges could not be brought in Washington without the approval of the defendants. Zwaan could escape prison time due to this plea deal.

It could also signal Manafort or Gates have reached an agreement with prosecutors.

CNN previously reported that Gates has been in negotiations with Mueller's office for more than a month, and that Gates had spoken to prosecutors about his case since his indictment.