Dozens of new charges against Manafort confirms Mueller convened at least two grand juries for Trump-Russia probe
Special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday issued 32 superseding indictments for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates — and did so using a separate grand jury in a separate venue than the first 12 indictments he issued last year.
The first 12 indictments against Manafort and Gates, all related to bank fraud and conspiracy charges, were issued in the District of Columbia. The 32 new charges, which will replace the original 12, were issued in the Eastern District of Virginia, where Manafort files his taxes. Because the districts are different, this new report confirms speculation that Mueller has convened at least two grand juries in his investigation.
According to CNN justice correspondent Evan Perez, Manafort “refused to waive venue,” meaning he refused to allow the charges to be brought in D.C.
CNN justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz also said these new indictments suggest Gate’s reported plea deal negotiations are off. Earlier in the day, Gates fired the attorney who was reportedly handling his plea deal as well, and shortly after the Virginia indictments came down, Reuters reported that Manafort’s attempts to modify his bail terms had been rejected by a judge.
Watch the CNN panel discussion on the latest indictments below: