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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team alleges that President Donald Trump’s former campaign advisor Paul Manafort failed to report some $60 million that he had earned while providing consulting services in Ukraine.
Manafort has been charged with lying on his tax forms and bank fraud.
Before working for Trump, Manafort had been a political advisor for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych who is currently in exile in Russia. Yanukovych himself has been accused by Ukraine’s chief prosecutor of heading a mafia-style syndicate whose activities may have cost Ukraine $100 billion.
According to a report by CNN, Mueller’s team challenged a motion by Manafort that would have excluded dozens of exhibits related to the topic of Manafort’s income. The team says that Manafort’s motion would “exclude virtually every exhibit containing the name of several key government witnesses, thereby preventing the jury from hearing evidence that corroborates the witness’s expected testimony and demonstrates the witness’s credibility.”
In a filing submitted in Virginia federal court, Mueller’s team said that they planned to use a variety of materials including memoranda, emails, and photos of tasks performed to show the “full sweep of Manafort’s Ukraine work.”
In its indictment, Mueller’s team says that approximately $75 million flowed through offshore accounts controlled by Manafort and his former business partner Rick Gates, who has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and making false statements.