New charges filed against Paul Manafort in Russian Federation probe

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

The case ratchets up pressure on President Trump's former campaign chairman as he tries to stay out of jail while awaiting trial, reports the Washington Post.

In the late Friday filing, Manafort's lawyers said the special counsel's allegations of witness tampering "conjures a sinister plot" to persuade associates to perjure themselves, but disputes that the evidence provided establishes any tampering.

The office of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted Russians before in its Russia investigation, but so far none of them have been extradited to face the charges inside the United States.

It also adds a charge for conspiracy to obstruct justice, meaning Manafort and Kilimnik allegedly did it together.

The U.S.is now charging Manafort and the associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, with obstructing justice and conspiring to get potential witnesses to lie about lobbying work they'd done for Ukraine.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort one focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election hides behind his car visor as he leaves his home in Alexandria Virginia U.S. O

They could also be an effort by Mueller to induce a guilty plea and secure the testimony of a critical campaign adviser to Trump.

Manafort's lawyers filed a response Friday that "the Special Counsel contrives dubious allegations".

In the piece, writer Christopher Strohm argues that the charges against Kilimnik represent a breakthrough in the case because it "links senior officials on President Donald Trump's presidential campaign to Russian intelligence in a criminal matter".

However, Manafort hit back at what he called a dubious plot meant to corruptly persuade his former business associates to perjure themselves at the upcoming trial in September.

Authorities charge that the conduct of Manafort and Kilimnik amounts to witness tampering and have asked a judge to revise or revoke Manafort's bail package.

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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.

Paul Manafort leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. on February 28, 2018.

Through a spokesman, Manafort has maintained his innocence.

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 individuals shared communications with prosecutors, the government said. Kilimnik has denied such ties and characterized himself as "a random casualty because of my proximity to" Manafort.

The charges mark the second time since October that an indictment against Manafort has been amended to include additional allegations.

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Mueller's office filed court papers Monday accusing Manafort of witness tampering. One project was to assemble a team of European political leaders who could advocate for Ukraine's then-President Viktor Yanukovych - apparently independently. "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".

Emails show that during the middle of the campaign, Manafort told Kilimnik he was willing to provide "private briefings" about Trump's presidential run to a billionaire close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Manafort's resignation from the campaign was announced on August 19, 2016, after The Times reported that he'd received $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from Yanukovych's pro-Russian party between 2007 and 2012. 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.

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