NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s new personal attorney is being praised for his handling of a potential criminal case involving the president’s former campaign chairman, saying he made a “courageous decision” to pursue the case after he received a tip from a former FBI agent.
Attorney Mark Zaid said in a statement Monday that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged with fraud and conspiracy, though Zaid did not elaborate on what the charges would be.
Zaid said the case would be a major national scandal for Trump, and that it would be one of the most important criminal cases of the new administration.
The attorney also said that Manafort would be required to appear in court next week to face the charges.
The charges stem from a $10 million loan Manafort made to Trump in the summer of 2016, when he was trying to win the Republican nomination for president.
The loan was repaid by the campaign, but Manafort had made a series of illegal payments totaling tens of millions of dollars.
Manafort was indicted last month on 12 counts of making false statements to the federal government and wire fraud, but prosecutors have not said whether they intend to seek the death penalty.