Robert Mueller charges NY attorney with false statements in Russian Federation probe

Lucy Bush
February 24, 2018

Some of the covert lobbying took place in the U.S. It says the pair used funds from secret offshore accounts to enjoy a life of luxury.

"I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence", he said in a statement released by spokesman Jason Maloni.

Manafort sued Mueller's office, alleging that the special prosecutor had abused his authority by bringing charges in the fraud case because it was unconnected to the presidential election.

The charges against van der Zwana was launched on February 16 in Federal court in Washington.

Gates, who was a deputy campaign manager for Trump, is being investigated by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which is probing alleged Russian meddling in the USA election.

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Paul Manafort, the ex-chairman of the Trump campaign, on Friday criticized his former associate Rick Gates for pleading guilty and flipping in the Russian Federation investigation.

The 45-year-old Gates made the plea at the federal courthouse in Washington. The other charges in this case were filed in Washington, D.C., in a 12-count indictment in October. Both Gates and Manafort were around for the heart of the campaign, the summer of 2016.

Manafort allegedly laundered and hid from the federal government $30 million in income with Gates' assistance, prosecutors said, while Gates allegedly gained $3 million through the offshore accounts.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian Federation interfering with the 2016 presidential election has yielded yet another guilty plea.

He had been negotiating a plea deal with Mueller's team, CNN reported, but a source close to Gates told The Daily Caller News Foundation last week that he planned to fight the charges and had no intention of pleading guilty.

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The group, which operated in 2012-2013, was managed by an unnamed "former European chancellor", who along with other members of the group lobbied USA legislators and White House officials, it said. The associate spoke on condition of anonymity.

The details of those discussions have not been described publicly, beyond a court filing that said they involve "highly sensitive matters" that would "potentially be prejudicial to (Gates) as well as embarrassing".

They were charged in October a year ago with money laundering, conspiracy and other offences in federal court in Washington.

Gates' plea comes a day after he and his longtime business associate, Paul Manafort, were indicted in Virginia on new charges of tax evasion and bank fraud. Both had already faced the prospect of at least a decade in prison if convicted at trial.

Gates admitted, according to court documents, that the 2013 meeting was part of a secret multimillion-dollar lobbying campaign for the Ukrainian government and its Russian-backed president, Viktor Yanukovych.

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Van der Zwaan is represented by a team from Cooley, including partners William Schwartz, David Mills and Laura Grossfield Birger. They discussed how a criminal complaint in Ukraine could implicate a former Ukrainian official, Skadden and Manafort himself.

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