Jun 8, 2018

Mueller brings new charges against Manafort and a former Russian aide

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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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GM to exit Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

GM's Holden brand is popular among racing fans down under, and it's been a regular fixture at events like the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar Race in Australia. Photo: Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

General Motors is retiring its celebrated Holden brand from sales in Australia and New Zealand after 160 years and winding down operations by 2021, the company confirmed in a statement Monday.

The big picture: GM also intends to "sell its Rayong factory in Thailand to China's Great Wall Motors and withdraw the Chevrolet brand from Thailand by the end of this year," AP reports. "The downsizing is part of a long-running strategy at GM since the Detroit-based company emerged from bankruptcy in 2009," per Bloomberg.

In photos: Deadly Storm Dennis lashes U.K., Ireland and western France

A family is rescued from a property in Nantgarw, Wales, on Sunday. The storm comes a week after the U.K. was battered by storm Ciara, which killed two people, per the BBC. Photo: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Storm Dennis continued to pummel parts of England, Wales and Ireland over Sunday night with heavy rain after battering Northern Ireland and Scotland, per the official British weather agency the Met Office.

Why it matters: It's the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean, with its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains that caused widespread flooding across the U.K., the Washington Post notes. Police in Wales confirmed Sunday they found the body of a man who fell into a river as the storm lashed Ystradgynlais.

Sanders accuses Bloomberg of trying to "buy" the 2020 election

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg. Photos: Drew Angerer; Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders tore into 2020 rival Michael Bloomberg at a Las Vegas campaign event Saturday, saying the billionaire and former New York mayor is trying to "buy the presidency" by paying millions of dollars in advertising.

Why it matters: Bloomberg has surged in national polling recently, having poured millions of dollars into campaign ads largely targeting Trump. His candidacy has become an obvious foil for Sanders, whose grassroots campaign railing against billionaires and the establishment has vaulted him to front-runner status.

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