Special counsel Robert Mueller's office on Thursday disclosed a new set of criminal charges — including tax and bank fraud counts — filed against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates.
The 32-count indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in Virginia contains 25 brand new criminal charges against Manafort, 68, and Gates, 45, who also had been a top Trump campaign official.
Seven of the charges in the new indictment replicate counts that were already pending in the earlier indictment lodged against both men in Washington federal court last October.
The charges stem from alleged conduct that does not relate to work that Manafort and Gates performed for the Trump campaign. However, some of their alleged crimes occurred while they were working for Trump and afterward.
A spokesman insisted that Manafort is innocent of the charges. "The new allegations against Mr. Manafort, once again, have nothing to do with Russia and 2016 election interference/collusion," the spokesman said. "Mr. Manafort is confident that he will be acquitted and violations of his constitutional rights will be remedied."
Manafort is now accused of laundering $30 million worth of money through offshore accounts, up from the original allegation which accused him of laundering $18 million. Gates is still accused of launder the same amount as in the original indictment, $3 million.