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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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Special report: Trump's U.S.-China transformation

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump began his term by launching the trade war with China he had promised on the campaign trail. By mid-2020, however, Trump was no longer the public face of China policy-making as he became increasingly consumed with domestic troubles, giving his top aides carte blanche to pursue a cascade of tough-on-China policies.

Why it matters: Trump alone did not reshape the China relationship. But his trade war shattered global norms, paving the way for administration officials to pursue policies that just a few years earlier would have been unthinkable.

McConnell: Trump "provoked" Capitol mob

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was "provoked by the president and other powerful people."

Why it matters: Trump was impeached by the House last week for "incitement of insurrection." McConnell has not said how he will vote in Trump's coming Senate impeachment trial, but sources told Axios' Mike Allen that the chances of him voting to convict are higher than 50%.

GOP leaders skip Trump sendoff in favor of church with Biden

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in July. Photo by Erin Scott-Pool/Getty Images

Congressional leaders, including House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will skip President Trump's departure ceremony in Maryland tomorrow morning in favor of attending mass with incoming President Joe Biden ahead of his inauguration, congressional sources familiar with their plans tell Axios.

Why it matters: Their decision is a clear sign of unity before Biden takes the oath of office.

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