Prominent Trump Campaign Aides Charged Again by Special Counsel Mueller

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

Manafort's attorneys argued that the NY home is worth $13.5 million, which is more than his $10 million bail, Politico reports.

Both Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty.

Paul Manafort says in a statement that the plea by Rick Gates today does not change his commitment to defend himself against what he calls "untrue piled up charges".

"I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence".

The new charges come as Gates' legal strategy and defense team are still in question.

Mueller's probe has been gaining traction, indicting 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities last week for allegedly working to undermine the USA democratic process.

A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign has formally pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and false statements charges in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

The 45-year-old Gates made the plea at the federal courthouse in Washington.

Earlier Manafort and gates became the first accused in the investigation of Mueller, he was charged in late October.

Manafort has offered four properties to secure the bond, according to Politico, including a Trump Tower apartment in Manhattan.

In the indictment on Thursday, prosecutors claim that, "Manafort and Gates generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work". As a result of Gates's plea deal, The Bird, a bar and restaurant in Shaw, will once again roll out its $5 "Moscow Mueller" special all night. The actual charges have their roots in the investigation began by the special counsel into the activities of Paul Manafort, the former chairperson of Trump presidential campaign. The associate spoke on condition of anonymity.

Cooperation by the two could potentially provide a rich vein of information for Mueller, who is also investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to interfere in the election.

Manafort left the Trump campaign after the millions he had earned working for a pro-Russian political party drew scrutiny.

Gates is the highest-ranking former Trump campaign official to sign a plea deal with Mueller's team since former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn agreed to one last December.

Donald Trump's ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort secretly paid a group of former senior European politicians more than two million euros ($2.5 million) to lobby for Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych's government, according to an indictment filed Friday. Gates and Manafort accused of fraud, money laundering, conspiracy against USA interests and deceiving the American authorities regarding their cooperation with the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. In fact, Mueller's office discovered that Manafort and the other lobbyist relayed back to Gates that Ukraine was discussed at the meeting, and that Gates and Manafort wrote a report about the meeting for Ukrainian leaders.

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