‘This Seems Brutal’: Newly Unsealed Court Docs Show Top Trump Campaign Officials’ Ties to Russia

New court documents unsealed in the Paul Manafort and Rick Gates indictment show that the former top Trump campaign aides have significant ties to Russia, MSNBC reports.

Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday that new documents were unsealed in the case Tuesday night after the indictments were unsealed Monday morning.

Among the details revealed in the documents are the very different terms under which Manafort and Gates were released.

Gates, Maddow noted, was released on personal recognizance and ordered to house arrest and daily check-ins with the court.

Manafort, on the other hand, was not released on his personal recognizance but rather to a “high-intensity supervision program.” Manafort has similar house arrest provisions as Gates, but Maddow reports that the supervision program appears to be the kind that would require the former Trump aide to wear a monitoring device.

Along with the arrest warrants, the government unsealed a new 17-page document that details why the terms of their release had to be so strict and why they represent a “flight risk.”

“Defendants pose a risk of flight based on the serious nature of the charges, their history of deceptive and misleading conduct, the potentially significant sentences the defendants face, the strong evidence of guilt, their significant financial resources, and their foreign connections,” the document says.

The government then lays out a number of details that were not included in the indictment about their foreign ties.

“A lot was made by the White House yesterday that there was no mention of Russia in the indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates,” Maddow said. “But here in this document unsealed tonight, there’s definitely mention of Russia.”

The documents reveal that the foreign bank accounts tied to Manafort weren’t just controlled by him and Gates but also a “Russian national.”

Maddow surmised that the Russian national was likely Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime associate of Manafort and Gates, who used to work for the Russian military intelligence service.

In a section titled “Ties Abroad and Frequent Travel,” the government made more revelations.

“Both Manafort and Gates have connections to Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs, who have provided millions of dollars to Manafort and Gates,” the document says.

The document also reveals Manafort’s business was staffed up in Moscow despite his insistence that he operated in Ukraine.

The document later goes on to note that the defendants have claimed wildly fluctuating amounts when asked to state their net worth on various documents.

The document argues that the case should be treated as “complex,” or not subject to the Constitutional requirement for a speedy trial, because, it says, the government will rely on “hundreds of thousands” of documents “both from the United States and abroad.”

“And in an assertion that has probably blown like a cold wind through the White House tonight, the special counsel’s office also asserts that their case against Manafort and Gates will include not only bank records, but also tax filings,” Maddow noted.

According to the special counsel, Maddow said, “we know that Manafort and Gates have a history of receiving millions of dollars from Russian oligarchs and they say their overseas bank account are shared with a Russian national who, elsewhere, we believe bragged he had a Russian military intelligence background.”

“This is a lot of new information,” Maddow added. “This seems brutal.”

Watch Maddow’s full report below:



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