Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Mueller Hits Paul Manafort With Obstruction Charge: Read the Document

Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort was named in the reports Image Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort
Faye Gross | 09 June, 2018, 21:33

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought new obstruction charges against President Donald Trump's campaign chairman and a longtime associate who prosecutors have said has ties to Russian intelligence.

Mueller is accusing Manafort and Kilimnik of "knowingly and intentionally" attempting "to corruptly persuade another person.with intent to influence, delay and prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding" from about February 23, 2018 to April 2018 in Washington D.C. As CBS News' Jeff Pegues puts it, the two are accused essentially of witness-coaching or tampering with witnesses.

He has denied allegations that he has ties to Russian intelligence.

Mueller's team has now secured indictments against 20 people, including Manafort, Manafort aide Rick Gates, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos.

"They haven't been convicted of anything".

He said the texts surfaced by the special counsel were "entirely consistent with Mr. Manafort's stated position and repeated assertion of his innocence".

Kilimnik, 48, has previously declined to comment on the allegations.

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According to court filings, after Manafort was charged in February with failing to follow legal requirements to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a foreign government, he and Kilimnik repeatedly contacted the two executives to emphasize that their past work together did not involve American officials, and therefore did not constitute lobbying in the United States.

In addition to the FARA charge, Manafort stands accused of tax fraud, bank fraud, and conspiracy against the United States. It also argued that Manafort's use of multiple phones shouldn't be grounds for suspicions, pointing out that he often traveled to regions "where communications are routinely hacked".

They said Manafort's "limited communications can not be fairly read, either factually or legally, to reflect an intent to corruptly influence a trial witness".

They said Kilimnik may have reported to Russian intelligence officers in Moscow or Kiev or both on his work at the International Republican Institute office in Moscow where he was employed for a decade to 2005 and later on his work for Manafort in Ukraine. The July 2016 offer referred to Oleg Deripaska, who has accused Manafort of defrauding him as part of a multimillion dollar deal several years ago.

"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".

Through a spokesman, Manafort has confirmed the authenticity of the emails but said no briefings occurred.

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