Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides

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Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and his former partner Richard Gates were hit yesterday with fresh charges of tax and bank fraud, as special Russian Federation meddling prosecutor Robert Mueller stepped up pressure on the president's former aides.

Calk was announced as a member of then-candidate Donald Trump's council of economic advisers, but he was never offered a job in the administration.

The investigation by the US attorney's office in Manhattan is focused on possible money laundering, and the two probes are intertwined, the person said.

"Mueller is sending a signal to witnesses in this investigation that he is going to charge false statements", said Renato Mariotti", a former federal prosecutor who is running for IL attorney general as a Democrat. Mr Gates did so with roughly $3m, according to the charges.

"The White House has repeatedly declined to comment on the Manafort and Gates matter as it has nothing to do with the White House or the campaign", White House lawyer Ty Cobb said in response to the latest indictment.

Nunberg's interview in Washington with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is about a week after investigators questioned President Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon. In July, Bloomberg reported that Calk's Federal Savings Bank won a "seven-figure" investment from real-estate magnate Howard Lorber, whom Trump once described as his best friend. As the president tweeted last October - around the same time Gates was allegedly lying to his tax preparer - Manafort's crimes took place "years ago".

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"That criminal conduct includes a series of bank frauds and bank fraud conspiracies" related to property in Fairfax, Va., the filing said.

The 32-count indictment repeats previous charges of money laundering and tax evasion, in addition to the bank fraud counts.

2015, the indictment charges that the two did not pay taxes on the Ukraine income, "by disguising it as alleged "loans" from offshore corporate entities and using foreign accounts to buy US real estate, and improve and refinance their properties.

After a two-month stretch that produced no additional charges, the new indictment represents the latest flurry of activity for Mueller's team in a one-week span.

Manafort left the Trump campaign after the millions he had earned working for a pro-Russian political party drew scrutiny.