Feds Probe If Manafort Promised Banker WH Job for Loans

Elias Hubbard
February 22, 2018

A Chicago bank executive is reportedly being investigated as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

New charging documents against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates were filed in federal court in Washington, but were put under seal by the court, Politico reported.

Mueller's team said in the court filings that it had "substantial evidence" that Manafort secured his house loans based on false representations.

Those last loans seemed particularly odd because, per the Times, the Federal Savings Bank of Chicago "focuses on affordable mortgages for military veterans", and the loan to Manafort amounted to more than 5 percent of its total assets.

NBC's report comes just a few days after Mueller reported new criminal accusations against Manafort, including bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracies. Manafort was ousted from the campaign not long after.

Mueller's investigators are probing if there was an arrangement between Calk and Manafort related to the loans, according to NBC News, which cites two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

The White House and reps for Manafort and the bank did not respond to questions about the loans posed by the network.

There have been several recent reports suggesting that Manafort's longtime business partner Rick Gates, who was indicted alongside him last October, is on the verge of "flipping" and making a plea deal with Mueller's team.

Those include tax fraud, money laundering, misleading foreign disclosure statements, and "conspiracy against the United States".

While Manafort is challenging the charges and has filed a lawsuit against Mueller, the Justice Department, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Gates is looking to plead guilty to the charges and cooperate with the Mueller investigation.

New charging documents against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort were filed Wednesday.

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Manafort had been involved in a widespread lobbying campaign in the USA on Yanukovych's behalf, and had also helped resurrect his pro-Russia party in Ukraine following the country's 2014 revolution. Or it could have the primary goal of pressuring Manafort himself to flip, if he were to have information incriminating President Trump.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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