Robert Mueller's Latest Indictment Bolsters His Case Against Trump Campaign Chair

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Mueller has a broad mandate to investigate any possible collusion between Trump's 2016 election campaign team and Russian Federation, including possible obstruction of the investigation by President Donald Trump and any others.

"Mr. Manafort asked no one to provide a false affidavit or false testimony at trial, or perjure themselves, and he has not given - nor offered to give - any potential witness anything in exchange for false testimony", the response said.

Manafort was simply exercising his freedom to disagree with the special counsel's legal theories, the attorneys said.

The indictment charges both men with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice related to contacts they had with two witnesses earlier this year.

Prosecutors complained to a federal judge earlier this week that Manafort - and, apparently, Kilimnik - had been contacting people who knew about that work to ask them to tell jurors that the Ukraine lobbying had only taken place inside Europe.

Special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Friday. Kilimnik was considered by investigators to have been involved trying to set this up, according to The Washington Post last September. The spokesman, Jason Maloni, said that Manafort and his attorneys were reviewing the new charges.

Prosecutors have said Kilimnik has ties to Russian intelligence, which he denies.

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.

The Epoch Times previously laid out how a select group of Obama-administration officials orchestrated an expansive spy operation against the Trump campaign that included national security letters-a type of secret subpoena-Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants, at least one spy, the unmasking of American citizens in intelligence reports, and spying conducted by foreign intelligence agencies. He's awaiting trial in federal courts in Washington and Alexandria, Virginia.

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Through a spokesman, Manafort, 69, has maintained his innocence.

The Hapsburg Group were onetime European politicians Manafort allegedly secretly paid more than two million euros ($2.5 million) to lobby for Yanukovych in 2012-2013. The individuals shared communications with prosecutors, the government said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 19, 2013.

"The five previously charged counts against Manafort remain unchanged: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, and false statements". "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 men continued to work together for a successor party to Yanukovych's after he fled Ukraine in February 2014 amid protests of his regime's corruption and pivot toward Moscow, eventually arriving in Russian Federation and effectively ending his presidency. His co-defendant Gates pleaded guilty in February and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

On Friday, Trump wouldn't rule out pardoning Manafort.

So explains a new Bloomberg piece analyzing the importance of Mueller's indictment of Konstantin Kilimnik.

The president has consistently downplayed Manafort's role in this campaign leading up to his general election victory in 2016.

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