Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued a new indictment against Paul Manafort, accusing US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman of secretly paying $2.5 million to former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine.
The charges, which Mueller filed in a Washington federal court on Friday, said Manafort retained the so-called Hapsburg Group of onetime politicians to “take positions favorable to Ukraine, including by lobbying the United States.”
The group was managed by a former European chancellor, according to the indictment.
Manafort used offshore accounts to pay the former politicians, who covertly pushed positions favorable to Ukraine as paid lobbyists.
They were to “appear to be providing their independent assessments of government of Ukraine actions, when in fact they were paid lobbyists for Ukraine,” according to the indictment.
The indictment came less than two hours after Manafort’s longtime business partner…