Manafort tried to put several Russian spies in the Trump administration

Former Trump campaign chair and convicted felon Paul Manafort worked through unknown intermediaries during the Trump transition phase to place people sympathetic to Russia in the new administration, according to a new court filing Tuesday.

Politico reports that former Manafort business partner and Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates knew about Manafort’s efforts to place people in the Trump administration, and described the hiring scheme to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Manafort maintained contact with these “mystery” intermediaries which included a senior administration official into early 2018, well past when he was originally indicted by Mueller in October 2017. But, per usual, the new filings raised more questions than they answered. A slew of redactions keep Manafort’s contacts under wraps and it’s also unclear exactly how successful his efforts were.

But another revelation from Tuesday’s court filings suggests more inquiries might be taking place in Mueller Land than previously known. The special counsel sought another delay in Gates’ sentencing, noting that he “continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations.”