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Latest in Russian Federation probe: Prosecutors say Manafort financial reports vary

Latest in Russian Federation probe: Prosecutors say Manafort financial reports vary”

According to the government's statement of offense, he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in January about his contacts with Russia-linked foreign nationals during the election.

A number of court documents filed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office have been unsealed since Monday morning, when the indictment against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates was finally made public after days of speculation about who had been swept up in the Russian Federation probe.

Candidate Donald Trump did not dismiss the idea of arranging a meeting with Russia's president when it was suggested in a meeting with his campaign foreign policy advisers past year, according to a person in the room.

Three Republican House members are introducing a resolution that calls for Robert Mueller to "resign from his special counsel position immediately". The inquiry also will determine whether or not there was any coordination between Russians and associates of the Trump campaign.

While Trump on Tuesday knocked George Papadopoulos as a "liar" and a low-level volunteer - the man now at the center of the Russian Federation investigation once had a seat at the then-candidate's table.

In the first criminal allegations to come from probes into possible Russian influence in US political affairs, prosecutors pressed their case against the two defendants, who face a hearing Thursday to set bail terms.

"Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Gates's temporary attorney, Assistant Federal Defender David Bos, declined to comment, saying Gates is arranging for new private counsel.

The 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) hearing is expected to focus on setting bail conditions.

But because of their lack of criminal history, Mueller's team has not opposed their release on home confinement, with a $10 million bond for Manafort and a $5 million bond for Gates.

According to court documents filed on Tuesday, Manafort submitted 10 passport applications in the past decade.

In addition to noting Manafort's unusual acquisition of numerous USA passports, "indicative of his travel schedule", prosecutors Andrew Weissmann, Greg Andres and Kyle Freeny expanded on their argument Monday, citing the government's difficulty in ascertaining Manafort's wealth.

According to Mueller's memo, the maximum sentence Manafort could face if convicted is almost 16 years in prison.

"Extensive travel of this nature further evidences a risk of flight", prosecutors charged. Asked about the information in the filing, Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said on Wednesday his client "looks forward to having these allegations tried before a judge and jury".

The White House, meanwhile, dismissed the March meeting with the foreign policy advisers as a one off conference of little substance.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under pressure from Senate Democrats to testify again about the Trump campaign's Russian Federation contacts.

"He's an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy", Trump said. Downing said Manafort's work for the Ukrainians ended in 2014, two years before he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016.



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