>> Special Council Robert Mueller on Thursday filed a new set of criminal charges against former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, escalating a legal battle that started last year. Thursday's 32 count indictment include allegations of wrongdoing as recently as January 2017, and said Manafort and Gates were desperate for cash when their lobbying business dried up.
Alleging they were able to secure more than $20 million in loans by falsely inflating the income of Manafort and his lobbying firm, and failing to disclose existing debt. There were reports that Gates was close to accepting a plea deal with the special counsel, but Thursday's indictment is a heavy indication that's no longer the case.
At least for now. Reuters Mark Hosenball.>> There is their Gates guilty plea at this date. They wouldn't be filing new additional charges against Gates, never mind Manafort as well. If he was about to plead guilty, I started looking at this indictment, it seems exceptionally serious to basically allege systematic tax evasion over quite large period of time, and the amounts of money are very substantial.
So you know, these guys, if they're convicted, and they don't do some sort of deal, are facing probably pretty considerable prison terms.>> Manafort was Trump's campaign manager for almost five months in 2016. Gates was his deputy campaign manager. Manafort and Gates are already facing criminal charges by Mueller's office that include conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and failure to register as foreign agents for political work they did for a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party.
The pair had pleaded not guilty.