New charges for Trump’s former aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates:
The special counsel investigating claims of Russian political meddling in America has filed new charges against two former aides to Donald Trump.
Robert Mueller indicted Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and business associate Rick Gates on several counts of bank and tax fraud.
Thursday’s 32-count indictment alleges that Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates conspired to conceal over $30m in Mr. Manafort’s personal earnings from tax officials.
Additionally, it claims that Mr. Gates concealed over $3m of his own income.
The money “flowed through” a $75m overseas account controlled by them, according to the indictment filed by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia.
It is also alleged that the 2 defendants filed tax returns to the US authorities from 2010-14 that they knew to be factually incorrect.
Mr. Gates is accused of using his share of the money to cover “personal expenses, for example, his mortgage, children’s tuition” and re-decorating his Virginia home.
Earlier on Thursday, a court denied Mr. Manafort’s request to modify the terms of his house arrest.
The judge ruled that Mr. Manafort’s pledge to use his properties in Virginia and New York as bail collateral was “unsatisfactory”.
The special counsel had opposed the bail application.
Mr. Mueller’s team argued the Manafort properties were related to “additional criminal conduct” and could possibly be confiscated in the event of foreclosure.