Manafort Associate Konstantin Kilimnik Indicted In Mueller Probe
- Robyn Allison
Manafort and an alleged Russian intelligence asset, Konstantin Kilimnik, have both been charged.
The indictment lodges both obstruction and conspiracy to obstruct justice charges, saying the conduct happened earlier this year. The charges include conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice. The spokesman, Jason Maloni, said Friday that Manafort and his attorneys were reviewing the new charges. It's not clear exactly what Manafort knows, but he does appear to be a linchpin between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
The alleged cover-up stems from work Manafort, Kilimnik and others did with former European politicians referred to informally as the "Hapsburg group", to advocate on Ukraine's behalf to USA and European officials.
In court papers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is alleging that at least one witness in the Manafort case was contacted by the former Trump aide and coached on what he should say about his lobbying practices.
That day was the first time prosecutors also revealed they knew about Manafort's efforts to pay an influential group of European politicians, called the Hapsburg group, 2 million to help his Ukrainian lobbying clients. The government accuses Manafort of dodging taxes, failing to register as a foreign agent while working in Washington on behalf of foreign governments, and other charges. In a previous indictment, Mueller's team said Kilimnik-named as "Person A"-was a former officer of the Russia's military intelligence wing, the GRU". A hearing is set for next week.
The charges mark the second time since his October indictment that Manafort has faced additional criminal charges. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Authorities charge that the conduct of Manafort and Kilimnik amounts to witness tampering, and have asked a judge to revise or revoke Manafort's bail package. "Cooperating isn't an option because he really didn't collude with the Russians at the Trump campaign's request", the source said.
But beyond the direct effects this indictment will have on Manafort, Mariotti argued that it had wider implications for the Russian Federation investigation as a whole.
According to Mueller's filing this week, Manafort's alleged attempts to tamper with witness testimony took place over several days in February, after Gates' cooperation deal was announced. He has denied such allegations in prior interviews with the press. He is described in a new profile in The Atlanticas "Manafort's Manafort", a right-hand man whose Russian origins and language skills were invaluable to Manafort in expanding his influence business in Eastern Europe.