A new development in the case against Paul Manafort as Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly accused Manafort of secretly paying former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine.
Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, is accused of using offshore accounts to pay the group more than 2 million euros. According to the Associated Press, the indictment says the group was managed by a former European chancellor.
From the AP: The new allegation against Paul Manafort comes in a newly unsealed indictment made public Friday. The indictment followed a guilty plea by Manafort’s longtime business associate, Rick Gates.
The indictment accuses Manafort of paying the former politicians, informally known as the “Hapsburg group,” to appear to be “independent” analysts when in fact they were paid, lobbyists. Some of the covert lobbying took place in the U.S.
On Thursday, Paul Manafort’s latest attempt to be released from conditional home confinement was denied by a federal judge. Prosecutors had filed new charges in the case against Manafort which were put under seal on Monday.
On Friday, the court filings revealed that federal prosecutors say they have “substantial evidence” that Manafort secured a mortgage from Federal Savings Bank “through a series of false and fraudulent representations.”
From the Washington Examiner: In the filings, federal prosecutors said that at the next bail hearing for Manafort they can produce “additional evidence related to this and the other bank frauds and conspiracies.” That evidence would have an effect on the “bail risk” Manafort poses, prosecutors argued.