Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought a new charge against former President Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Now Manafort is also accused of secretly paying former European politicians for lobbying Yanukovych’s interests, as AP reports.
It is noted that this indictment closely followed the guilty plea of Manafort’s associate Rick Gates.
Court papers accuse Manafort of using offshore accounts to pay some former European politicians over 2 million euros for lobbying interests of former pro-Russian authorities of Ukraine.
It is noted that these former politicians were informally known as the “Hapsburg group”. The cover was that they were independent analysts.
The indictment says the group was managed by a former European chancellor and part of the sect lobbying took place in the U.S.
Manafort and Gates are charged with twelve separate cases The main points are money laundering and acting as unregistered agents of the former government of Ukraine that was connected with Russia. Particularly, Paul Manafort worked with the Party of Regions and former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort and his partner Gates earned dozens of millions of dollars and hid this money from the US authorities.