Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for a second time Thursday, charging the one-time presidential insider with money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent for his work relating to the Ukrainian government.
The new indictment was filed in Northern Virginia and accuses Manafort and associate Rick Gates of acting as “unregistered agents of a foreign government and foreign political parties. Specifically, they represented the Government of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine.”
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.
“Manafort used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States, without paying taxes on that income. Manafort, without reporting the income to his tax preparer or the United States, spent millions of dollars on luxury goods and services for himself and his extended family through payments wired from offshore nominee accounts to United States vendors,” adds the indictment.
Read the full indictment here.
MANAFORT STRIKES BACK: Former Trump Aide SUES DOJ, Mueller, Rosenstein
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is fighting back against the Department of Justice and the special counsel’s office; suing the DOJ, Robert Mueller, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over allegations they overstepped their boundaries while investigating whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
The paperwork claims that the special counsel’s office intentionally targeted Manafort, eventually indicting him on charges that are completely unrelated to allegations the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.
“The investigation of Mr. Manafort is completely unmoored from the Special Counsel’s original jurisdiction to investigate ‘any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,’” the complaint states.
“It has instead focused on unrelated, decade-old business dealings—specifically, Ukraine political campaign consulting activities of Mr. Manafort.”
“The actions of DOJ and Mr. Rosenstein in issuing the Appointment Order, and Mr. Mueller’s actions pursuant to the authority the Order granted him, were arbitrary, capricious, and not in accordance with the law,” adds the court filings.
The former campaign chairman was indicted in late October on a dozen counts related to illegal financial transfers and business dealings, and have yielded zero connections to the President or those closest to him.
h/t The Hill
MUELLER'S MOVE: Paul Manafort Indicted, Surrenders to Special Counsel
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted on 12 counts by a grand jury on Monday, making the senior Trump associate the first to face charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s months-long investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The special counsel’s office confirmed to Fox News that the former chairman faces a dozen charges, including money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent, misleading federal officials, and conspiracy against the United States.
The charges were made public on Monday after Manafort and Gates surrendered to the FBI.
Those close to the investigation say Manafort acted as an unregistered agent of Ukrainian officials between 2006 and 2015, generating “tens of millions of dollars” in personal wealth while acting on behalf of a foreign government.
“More than $75 million flowed through offshore accounts. Manafort, alone, laundered more than $18 million which was used by the former Trump campaign chairman to buy property, goods, and services in the U.S. Manafort concealed that income from the U.S. Treasury and the Department of Justice,” writes the report.