Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort faces more charges in Russian Federation inquiry

Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort faces more charges in Russian Federation inquiry

Each of the two charges carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Gates and van der Zwaan both pleaded guilty to charges brought against them by the special counsel's office.

Meanwhile, President Trump on Friday dismissed any talk of pardoning Manafort or his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who is under investigation by federal prosecutors in NY. There's no indication that Kilimnik is in the USA or would travel to face charges there.

The former Trump campaign chairman has been indicted again.

"The charge alone against a guy who isn't here and who they may never get doesn't seem to have much value", Koenig said.

"This is a very provocative move by Mueller", Phang said. Kilimnik also became the manager and in-country representative for Manafort's Ukrainian political consulting business. Mueller's office has referred to "Person A" in previous court filings; the New York Times has confirmed it is Kilimnik.

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The Ukraine first started investigating Kilimnik's supposed ties to Russia's intelligence services in August 2016. In one, Mueller cited an Federal Bureau of Investigation assessment that those ties continued into the 2016 election. "Indeed, previously", Manafort said.

The Atlantic's Franklin Foer wrote a profile on Kilimnik Wednesday, discussing the suggestion that Kilimnik is "a pawn of Russian intelligence".

Manafort is now under house arrest, awaiting trials scheduled for Virginia and Washington, D.C., later this year.

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.

Manafort is also charged with using offshore accounts to pay European politicians friendly to Ukraine.

Phang said the new indictment might get Mueller closer to proving there was a criminal conspiracy between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election.

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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. The spokesman, Jason Maloni, said Friday that Manafort and his attorneys were reviewing the new charges. The individuals shared communications with prosecutors, the government said.

The case now accuses both Manafort and Kilimnik, 48, of Moscow, of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, meaning they allegedly worked together to contact two possible witnesses in Manafort's case since February.

Paul Manafort leaves the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after a status conference on November 2, 2017. The Special Counsel has not provided Mr. Manafort with its witness list. Jackson set a hearing date on whether to revoke or revise Manafort's bail for June 15. Manafort's response begins by rubbishing the basis of Mueller's witness tampering charges as "dubious" and "very specious". He faces a second trial in Washington in September.

"I was a federal prosecutor for nearly a decade ..." Kilimnik, who prosecutors say lives in Moscow, was not in USA custody Friday.

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

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