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New charges have been brought by special counsel Robert Mueller against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik — a former aide to Manafort who has been suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence and worked for Manafort's company and oversaw its office in Kiev.

Manafort:
  • 1 count of conspiracy against the United States
  • 1 count of conspiracy to launder money
  • 1 count for acting as an unregistered foreign agent
  • 2 counts of making false statements
  • 1 count of conspiracy to obstruct justice
  • 1 count of obstruction of justice

The details: Manafort has been indicted previously on financial charges, along with his colleague Rick Gates who has agreed to cooperate with investigators.

    • Per the court filing, Manafort "avoided paying taxes by disguising tens of millions of dollars in income as alleged 'loans' from nominee offshore corporate entities and by making millions of dollars in unreported payments from foreign accounts to bank accounts they controlled."
    • "In total, more than $75,000,000 flowed through these offshore accounts. Manafort, with the assistance of Gates, laundered more than $30,000,000, income that he concealed from the United States Department of the Treasury, the Department of Justice, and others."
  • The court documents state that Manafort "represented the Government of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine, the Party of Regions, and the Opposition Bloc."
  • Per the New York Times: "Prosecutors said the obstruction charge relates to Mr. Manafort’s efforts to coach the stories of witnesses against him."
Kilimnik:
  • 1 count of obstructing justice
  • 1 count of conspiracy to obstruct justice

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Cuomo asks New York AG and chief judge to choose "independent" investigator into sexual harassment claims

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Feb. 24. Photo: Seth Wenig/pool/AFP via Getty Images

A special counselor to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Sunday asking the state's attorney general and chief judge to jointly pick an "independent and qualified lawyer in private practice without political affiliation" to investigate claims of sexual harassment against the governor.

The state of play: The statement is an about-face from Cuomo, who had previously selected a former judge close to a top aide to lead the investigation, the New York Times reported, a move that was widely criticized.

Republican Sen. Sasse slams Nebraska GOP for "weird worship" of Trump after state party rebuke

Sen. Ben Sasse, (R-Neb.) Photo: Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images

The Nebraska Republican Party on Saturday formally "rebuked" Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) for his vote to impeach former President Trump earlier this year, though it stopped short of a formal censure, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Sasse is the latest among a slate of Republicans who have faced some sort of punishment from their state party apparatus after voting to impeach the former president. The senator responded statement Saturday, per the Omaha World-Herald, saying "most Nebraskans don't think politics should be about the weird worship of one dude."

Cuomo barraged by fellow Dems after second harassment accusation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced a barrage of criticism from fellow Democrats after The New York Times reported that the second former aide in four days had accused him of sexual harassment.

Why it matters: Cuomo had faced a revolt from legislators for his handling of nursing-home deaths from COVID. Now, the scandal is acutely personal, with obviously grave political risk.

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