US President Donald Trump's former election campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort's associate, who has been linked to Russian intelligence, have been charged with two obstruction of justice counts after prosecutors said they interfered with witnesses in an investigation. They accused Mueller of conjuring up a "sinister plot" and said the allegations were meant to generate widespread - and intensely negative - media coverage of Manafort. Gates has already pleaded guilty and is cooperating with Mueller's investigation.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is calling newly filed obstruction charges "dubious allegations".
He may also signal that he has another card to play.
But that's not the point, former prosecutor Katie Phang told Bloomberg.
"This is a very provocative move by Mueller", Phang said. Mueller has said Kilimnik has links to Russian spy agencies, an allegation Kilimnik denies.
After working in Moscow as an interpreter for the International Republican Institute, a Washington-based organization, he helped Manafort lobby for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. It only means that Manafort will have to answer for his alleged witness tampering in two ways, with respect to bail and at trial.
Manafort did not immediately release a statement.
Kilimnik wasn't identified by name in the March filing but Bloomberg has confirmed it referred to him.
Kilimnik, a former army-trained linguist with alleged ties to Russian intelligence, was included in an updated, lengthened indictment of Manafort that accused both of witness tampering.
Manafort is now out on house arrest and a $10 million unsecured bail.
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Yet Manafort and the public relations people had brought the Hapsburg group to the United States to speak with members of Congress about the interests of Viktor Yanukovych, a former Ukrainian president who had jailed a political rival, while posing as independent voices, prosecutors said earlier this week.
Read on for a look at Manafort's work with the Trump campaign and how he is connected to the Russian Federation investigation. It also adds a charge for conspiracy to obstruct justice, meaning Manafort and Kilimnik allegedly did it together. The individuals shared communications with prosecutors, the government said.
Ellis demanded to view a classified "scope memo" sent to Mueller by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which outlines what the special counsel is authorized to probe.
However, Manafort is known to have taken part in a June 2016 meeting with Trump's son Donald Trump Jr and son-in-law Jared Kushner and a Russian lawyer, which had been set up to gain information on Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton.
It was the third time Mueller had added to charges against Manafort.
"So there's the real prospect that he now goes to jail, never to leave even until the end of his sentence", he continued.
Manafort on Friday denied that he was attempting to change the testimonies of witnesses, citing a lack of evidence put forward by the special counsel.
"I was a federal prosecutor for nearly a decade ..."
Kilimnik worked with Manafort in Ukraine during that time, and during the 2016 election they were reportedly in regular contact. Gates is cooperating with prosecutors against Manafort. The FBI assessed Kilimnik had active ties to Russia's military intelligence service in 2016, according to the filing.