Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a superseding indictment of Paul Manafort on Thursday, including new charges that Manafort and business partner Rick Gates lied to several lenders in order to obtain mortgages for properties in New York City and Long Island.
According to NBC, bank executives raised questions about the loans, and at least one employee who felt pressured to approve the loans is cooperating with the special counsel's office. According to court papers attached to his plea agreement, the conversations, including some using encrypted applications, occurred in September 2016 and involved possible criminal charges being brought in Ukraine against a former Ukrainian official, Manafort and "Law Firm A", an apparent reference to Skadden Arps.
George Papadopoulos, who was on the Trump campaign's foreign policy advisory panel, admitted in October 2017 to making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about contacts he had with the Russian government in 2016. But White House lawyers and Mr. Manafort's associates have been adamant that he does not have any information that could hurt Mr. Trump. Manafort and Calk was reported by NBC News earlier on Wednesday.
Sixteen of the 32 counts relate to false individual income tax returns, seven were for failure to report foreign accounts, five for bank fraud conspiracy and four for bank fraud. Numerous alleged crimes date back to years to before the 2016 campaign, but some continued past Election Day. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates have pleaded not guilty.
Mr. Manafort and a longtime business associate, Richard Gates, were indicted in late October by the special counsel's office on charges of conspiring against the USA, money laundering, failing to file reports on foreign bank and financial accounts, and making false statements connected to their work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.
In court documents filed Friday, Mueller's office said investigators have uncovered new evidence of bank fraud.
Legal experts said the charge against Van Der Zwaan would place more pressure on Gates and Manafort to co-operate with Mr Mueller over the Russian interference investigation.