On Friday, September 14, 2018, special counsel Robert Mueller filed a superseding criminal information against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The document states that Manafort, along with Richard W. Gates, Konstantin Kilmnik, and others, conspired to act and acted as foreign agents of the Ukrainian government, as well as Victor Yanukovych’s political party, the Party of Regions, and its successor. As a result of his work on behalf of the Ukrainian government, Manafort allegedly generated over 60 million dollars, which he then funneled through various foreign entities in an attempt to obfuscate the source of the funds. Manafort did not register his activities or fees under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), as was required. Instead, when federal investigators inquired about his activities in 2016, he “responded with a series of of false and misleading statements.”
The criminal information demonstrates a greater willingness on the part of the U.S. government to actively prosecute violations of FARA. While FARA has existed since 1938, it has been enforced loosely, and for some periods, not at all, since its enactment.
See the full criminal information below.388600673-Manafort-Superseding-Doc