Mueller brings new charges against Manafort, Gates

Given the new indictment from Mueller, it is unclear whether Vance will pursue charges over the loans. Some of the covert lobbying took place in the U.S.

The 33-year-old attorney pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his interactions with Gates.

He and ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort faced new charges on Thursday.

"I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence". They have pleaded not guilty to those original charges.

On Tuesday, an associate of Gates pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in the course of the Russian Federation investigation.

They were among the first to be charged as part of Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.

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. Manafort, who is Trump's former campaign chairman, has said he is innocent.

Court filings go on to say Manafort and Gates "generated tens of millions of dollars" through the Ukrainian government but failed to disclose their work to federal authorities. Mr Manafort, who ran Mr Trump's campaign for part of 2016, has also been charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Rick Gates is set to appear at 2 p.m. today at the federal courthouse in Washington for a plea agreement hearing.

MARTIN: Right. So you say that both Gates and Manafort have pled not guilty to these new charges.

In a letter to family and friends, Mr Gates said he had "had a change of heart" after his initial not-guilty plea, according to United States media. The associate spoke on condition of anonymity.

The three loans were questioned by other officials at the bank, sources told NBC News, and a source added that at least one bank employee is cooperating with the federal investigation. The February indictment accuses Manafort of tax fraud and giving banks false information about his income when applying for mortgages, the New York Times reports.

Manafort and Gates may be at odds now, but the two men used to be close business partners. They were charged last October with unregistered lobbying and conspiring to launder millions of dollars they earned while working on behalf of a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party.

MARTIN: So just to be clear, do either of these men - Manafort or Gates - face any charges that are directly related to the central issue here of the special counsel, any kind of possible collusion with Russian Federation during the campaign? If found guilty of bank fraud, the defendants could each face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of as much as $1 million.

  • Tracy Klein