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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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Two years of COVID-19

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Two years ago Wednesday, the first case of a mysterious new respiratory disease was discovered in Wuhan, China. Now, the Omicron variant has deepened concerns about just how much longer the coronavirus pandemic will last.

The big picture: More than 5 million people have died since that first case. Most people on earth have lived through some form of lockdown. 54% of the global population has had at least one vaccination, though the shots have been distributed unevenly.

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U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.

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CNN fires Chris Cuomo

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN

CNN said Saturday evening it has fired one of its star anchors, Chris Cuomo, following new revelations from a legal review made by the company into Cuomo's involvement in the management of his brother's sexual harassment scandal.

Why it matters: Saturday's firing speaks to how much pressure CNN was under by employees and critics to address Cuomo's behavior.

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