United States special counsel indicts Russian operative, adds charges against Manafort

Robert Mueller hits ex Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with third indictment that also charges Russian operative

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Paul Manafort's legal team pushes back against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, after fresh obstruction charges were put on him.

Known for his smaller physical stature, Kilimnik was identified as "Person A" in a previous filing by Mueller's office and served as a "fixer" for Manafort while he worked for his firm, The New York Times reported in April.

The indictment includes two new charges against both Manafort and Kilimnik: a count of obstruction of justice and a count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, meaning the two allegedly worked together to tamper with witnesses.

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Prosecutors have accused Kilimnik of having ties to Russian intelligence, a charge he denies.

Mueller has 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 allegedly worked with to promote the interests of Ukraine, in an effort to influence their testimony or hide evidence in the case. He also is facing a separate federal case in Alexandria, Va., just outside D.C. The special counsel's office may hope that Manafort decides to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors by offering evidence against other people. Kilimnik also became the manager and in-country representative for Manafort's Ukrainian political consulting business.

When Manafort was first charged, in October, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the indictment "has nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the president's campaign or campaign activity".

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The new charges revolve around allegations that Manafort, 69, and Kilimnik, 47, tried to influence two public relations executives who were involved in lobbying work in 2012 on behalf ot the Ukraine government. Originally set for July 10, the trial will begin on July 24. Manafort has longstanding ties to a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine and a Russian oligarch close to the Kremlin. Citing the allegations, prosecutors have asked Jackson to consider jailing Manafort.

"From a scant record, the Special Counsel conjures a sinister plot to "corruptly persuade" two of Mr. Manafort's former business associates to perjure themselves at the upcoming trial in September", their filing said. He has been charged with money laundering, tax and bank fraud, and conspiracy charges in two federal cases as part of Mueller's ongoing probe. Manafort accused Mueller of a "not too-subtle attempt to poison the potential jury pool".

He was described as the intermediary through which Manafort volunteered to brief his onetime client, aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska, about the Trump campaign. It's not clear exactly what Manafort knows, but he does appear to be a linchpin between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

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