Robert Mueller Indicts Konstantin Kilimnik and Hits Paul Manafort With Another Charge

Paul Manafort appears to be running out of ways to combat a key charge in the Mueller probe

Prosecutors unsealed more charges on Friday against Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and also accused a new defendant of conspiring with Manafort to obstruct justice.

The new charges come days after Mueller's team detailed the accusations against Manafort in court documents.

Kilimnik is, according to CNN, "a close business colleague of Manafort's who prosecutors have said has close ties to Russian intelligence". He is now on house arrest at his condo in Alexandria, Virginia, and has a $10 million unsecured bail.

He remains charged with money laundering, illegal foreign lobbying and lying to federal officials.

Mueller has suggested in previous filings that Kilimnik had ties to Russia's spy agencies.

New charges have been filed against President Trump's former adviser Paul Manafort as part of the United States probe into Russian meddling.

Legal experts say Manafort's alleged efforts to convince witnesses to assert that the Hapsburg Group had only been active in Europe would have allowed Manafort to argue he had not violated FARA.

"This "superseding" indictment replaces the D.C. indictment and adds new charges against Manafort", Mariotti explained on Twitter.

Manafort's business partner Konstantin Kilimnik has also been indicted.

He added: "That evidence would likely be extremely damaging to Manafort at trial-if he was innocent, why would he try to engage in witness tampering?"

The witnesses that Kilimnik and Manafort approached were involved in Manafort's alleged lobbying campaign on behalf of Ukrainian's government. Four people, including Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, have pleaded guilty.

Further, the new criminal charge for obstruction is significant for three reasons.

"They haven't been convicted of anything". The longtime Manafort associate once worked for the American's consulting firm in Kiev and has been described as "Manafort's Manafort".

Earlier on Friday, Mr Trump denied that he was considering pardoning Mr Manafort.



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