Special counsel Mueller indicts associate of Paul Manafort

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

In the court filing earlier this week Mueller accused Manafort of attempting to call, text and send encrypted messages in February to two people from "The Hapsburg Group", a political discussion group he worked with to promote the interests of Ukraine.

The charges allege that between February 23 and April 2018, both Manafort and Kilimnik "knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly persuade another person, to wit: Persons D1 and D2, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding". Manafort's lawyers would find the hard work of trial preparation even more challenging with their client in jail, Zeidenberg said.

"The indictment serves a strategic objective in raising public awareness about the connections that those who worked on Trump's campaign had with Russians, and it serves a legal goal by putting more pressure on Manafort to become a cooperating witness", the story says.

Prosecutors already claimed that Manafort misled federal authorities for years about his lobbying work in the U.S. for Ukrainian politicians before he joined the Trump campaign.

So explains a new Bloomberg piece analyzing the importance of Mueller's indictment of Konstantin Kilimnik. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to a raft of charges, from money-laundering, to failing to register as a foreign agent, to bank and tax fraud.

Spectacular Mueller holds may 2017 the proceedings on a wide range of issues, primarily concerning alleged interference by Moscow in the course of the US presidential race, but the first charges in this case, which he filed on 30 October Manafort not connected to his participation in the election campaign.

The witnesses placed op-eds from the politicians and arranged meetings for them in the United States and around the world, according to court papers.

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The charges mark the second time since his October indictment that Manafort has faced additional criminal charges.

The indictment charges that former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych and his political party retained lobbyists through Manafort to serve as intermediaries with the former European politicians. He was actually charged with one count of obstruction, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Manafort is now out on house arrest and a $10 million unsecured bail. "Closer scrutiny of this 'evidence" reveals that the Special Counsel's allegations are without merit because Mr. Manafort's limited communications can not be fairly read, either factually or legally, to reflect an intent to corruptly influence a trial witness". The government wants Berman Jackson to rescind Manafort's bail and put him in jail ahead of his trial.

Kilimnik, who was born in eastern Ukraine and took up Russian citizenship after the collapse of the Soviet Union, studied English and Swedish at the Military Institute of the Russian Ministry of Defense in Moscow, which is a training ground for interpreters who work for Russia's military intelligence agency.

Prosecutors have used superseding indictments before to add new charges on Manafort. The politicians lobbied members of Congress and executive-branch officials on Ukraine in coordination with Manafort and his longtime deputy and former co-defendant, Rick Gates, according to prosecutors.

Read on for a look at Manafort's work with the Trump campaign and how he is connected to the Russian Federation investigation. In the middle of the presidential campaign, Manafort allegedly offered to brief a Russian billionaire briefings on the campaign. In some of those earlier filings, Mueller made references to a Manafort associate in Ukraine with ties to Russian intelligence.

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