New Indictment Filed Against Paul Manafort Names Ally With Russian Intel Ties

Leroy Wright
June 9, 2018

Manafort's response begins by rubbishing the basis of Mueller's witness tampering charges as "dubious" and "very specious".

The FBI has assessed that Kilimnik had ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, including during the 2016 presidential campaign when Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, were in contact with him, prosecutors have said in court filings. He is now on house arrest at his condo in Alexandria, Virginia, and has a $10 million unsecured bail.

The new charges accuse Manafort of "repeatedly" contacting two anonymous people who may be witnesses against him.

The additional charges could add to pressure on Manafort to cut a deal and cooperate with the probe, legal experts said. Second, it confirms our view that Mueller at least thinks that the evidence of Manafort's obstruction (with Kilimnik's help) is strong and is sufficient not just to revoke or modify Manafort's bail but to satisfy a criminal charge by proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Manafort is awaiting trial in federal court in Washington and Alexandria, Virginia. "We will do our talking in court", Maloni added.

They said Kilimnik may have reported to Russian intelligence officers in Moscow or Kiev or both on his work at the International Republican Institute office in Moscow where he was employed for a decade to 2005 and later on his work for Manafort in Ukraine.

'I haven't even thought about it.

President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House.

"They haven't been convicted of anything".

Trump blasted the Russian Federation probe as a 'with hunt'.

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Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian political operative, was indicted for conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.

Manafort on Friday denied that he was attempting to change the testimonies of witnesses, citing a lack of evidence put forward by the special counsel.

Prosecutors say the "P" in the message refers to Manafort, and that the assertions in the texts are untrue.

The witnesses would eventually rat out Manafort and Kilimnik to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In one communication, Manafort sent Person D1 a message with a link to a Business Insider article about the group's activities. "A defendant in a drug case would have his release revoked and be sent to jail pending trial for violating the terms of his release like this".

According to the witnesses, Manafort and Kilimnik appeared to be pressuring them to say the Hapsburg group only worked in Europe, when they knew that they had been secretly paid to lobby in the U.S. Several of the politicians involved have denied any wrongdoing.

The court filings are available here.

Prosecutors said in court documents that Gates had told van der Zwaan that the person described as Kilimnik was a former officer in Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU.

"Manafort, with the assistance of Gates, Kilimnik, and others engaged in a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign in the United States at the direction of Yanukovych, the Party of Regions, and the Government of Ukraine", the filing states.

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