New Indictment: Manafort Secretly Paid Politicians to Lobby for Ukraine

BREAKINGNew Indictment: Manafort Secretly Paid Politicians to Lobby for UkraineUS00:52 24.02.2018(updated 01:05 24.02.2018) Get short URL

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a new charge against Paul Manafort, the former campaign chair for US President Donald Trump. Manafort now stands accused of paying European politicians to take positions favorable to Ukraine while working as a lobbyist for then-Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

The charges were filed on Friday by the DOJ. The new indictment alleges that Manafort wired over 2 million euros ($2.49 million) to unnamed European politicians while working as a lobbyist for Yanukovych from 2004 to 2010.

Manafort already stood accused of conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, failing to file financial records, failing to register as a foreign agent, and making false statements. He pled not guilty to all charges in October.

On Thursday, he was charged with creating false tax returns, bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and additional charges of failing to file financial records. 

More details to follow