Breaking: Mueller makes new accusations against a former Trump official

Breaking: Mueller makes new accusations against a former Trump official
Special counsel Robert Mueller made additional allegations against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in a form submitted to the court that was partially redacted and made public Friday. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

More allegations against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort were revealed in a partially redacted court document Friday in the investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion.

Here’s what was made public Friday

The government argued that the bail being set for Manafort was insufficient given the new allegations that they had discovered against him, including bank fraud.

“The proposed package is deficient in the government’s view, in light of additional criminal conduct that we have learned since the Court’s initial bail determination,” prosecutors wrote.

“That criminal conduct includes a series of bank frauds and bank fraud conspiracies,” they added.

The filing accuses Manafort of using “doctored profit and loss statements” in order to exaggerate “millions of dollars” in income to obtain a mortgage fraudulently.

What had Manafort been charged with before?

Manafort was charged with 12 counts by Mueller’s team in October, including conspiracy against the United States and false and misleading statements to federal authorities.

What does this mean?

Some took these new allegations to mean that the Mueller team had been able to reach a deal with his former business associate, Rick Gates.

Mueller also announced indictments against 13 Russians Friday for various crimes involved in a conspiracy to influence the 2016 election.