Russian Federation probe counsel to interview ex-Trump aide Nunberg

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The new timeline flies in the face of White House officials' previous attempts to distance themselves from the allegations facing Manafort, which centered primarily on the fact that the illegal activity preceded Manafort joining Trump's campaign. Parts of Steele's work were also used in obtaining a secret warrant to monitor Carter Page, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser. The latter questioned him concerning a report which Gates and Manafort have funded by funneling approximately four million dollars via an offshore account.

Sources have told NPR in recent weeks that Gates, who is now struggling to pay his mounting legal fees, may be in the process of negotiating a guilty plea. It also does not have any relation to the campaign operations done by the Trump campaign aides. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Instead, they grew from the work Manafort and Gates performed for Russia-backed former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych between about 2006 and 2014. Alex van der Zwaan, a former lawyer at a premier law firm, admitted to lying about his contacts with Gates.

The charging document unsealed on Tuesday concerned a report prepared at Manafort's behest by attorneys at the prominent US law firm Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. Manafort was close to Ukrainian and Russian political and business figures with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both had already faced the prospect of at least a decade in prison if convicted at trial.

Patrick Brackley, the attorney who will accompany Nunberg to visit Mueller's team, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The description given by prosecutors for Person A appears to match Russian-Ukrainian political operative Konstantin Kilimnik, a long-time employee of Manafort's political consulting operations.

Mueller explained in a status report that some of the new charges could not be brought in Washington without the approval of the defendants.

The latest development follows a flurry of indictments handed down form the special counsel's office, including another indictment on Tuesday issued against Alex Van Der Zwaan, who was charged with lying to both the special counsel's office and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents regarding his communications with Gates. American media claim that the man - in-law of Russian businessman German Khan.

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