Manafort Hits Back Against Mueller's Latest Charges, Revoke of Conditions


According to a Washington court filing earlier this week, Manafort contacted Kilimnik recently to get his help to influence two unnamed people - said to be European-based public relations consultants - in their testimony to Mueller on the so-called Hapsburg Group.

In a biting, nine-page filing Friday evening, Manafort's attorneys denied the allegations and accused Mueller's team of conjuring up "a sinister plot" from a scant record of telephone calls and de-encrypted texts.

"The indictment serves a strategic objective in raising public awareness about the connections that those who worked on Trump's campaign had with Russians, and it serves a legal goal by putting more pressure on Manafort to become a cooperating witness", the story says.

The alleged coverup stems from work Manafort, Kilimnik and others did with former European politicians, referred to informally as the "Hapsburg group", to advocate on Ukraine's behalf to USA and European officials.

This is how Vogel puts it in the third paragraph of his story: "The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has not publicly sought to connect Mr. Kilimnik or Mr. Manafort to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but Friday's indictment of Mr. Kilimnik could carry symbolic significance nonetheless".

The latest charges increase Manafort's legal jeopardy if he continues an aggressive battle with prosecutors, and could 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".

Kilimnik, described as a former Russian intelligence officer, worked with Manafort on the Yanukovych job. He faces a second trial in Washington in September.

The new indictment filed Friday asserts that Manafort and Kilimnik engaged in the obstruction scheme from February 23 through April.

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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.

Manafort is now on bail and awaiting trial.

One of the charges Manafort is facing is failing to properly register as a foreign agent.

Prosecutors say that the "P" in the message refers to Manafort and that the assertions in the texts are untrue.

So explains a new Bloomberg piece analyzing the importance of Mueller's indictment of Konstantin Kilimnik. Kilimnik has denied such ties and characterized himself as "a random casualty because of my proximity to" Manafort.

The Manafort case though focuses on his work between 2004 and 2014 in Ukraine for pro-Russia politicians including former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych.

Years after his work for Yanukovych ended, Manafort joined the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump in March 2016 and served briefly as the campaign manager from June to August that year. He has been charged with money laundering, tax and bank fraud, and conspiracy in two federal cases as part of Mueller's ongoing probe.

They argue the limited amount of communications "cannot be fairly read, either factually or legally, to reflect an intent to corruptly influence a trial witness".

Read on for a look at Manafort's work with the Trump campaign and how he is connected to the Russian Federation investigation. Kilimnik later took on more responsibilities, serving as Manafort's liaison to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who paid Manafort to advise him on investments.