Paul Manafort: Trump's ex-chair hit with new obstruction of justice charges

  • Paul Manafort: Trump's ex-chair hit with new obstruction of justice charges

Paul Manafort: Trump's ex-chair hit with new obstruction of justice charges

Mr. Manafort's longtime associate, Konstantin V. Kilimnik, was added to the case, and was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Earlier in the week, Mueller's team accused Manafort of witness tampering and asked a judge to consider ending the former Trump advisor's house arrest.

The charges involve allegations that Manafort and Kilimnik tried to convince people to lie about an undisclosed lobbying effort on behalf of Ukraine's former pro-Russian government.

Prosecutors revealed earlier this week the alleged witness tampering that Manafort undertook using encrypted devices in another filing to fight his current terms of bail, which includes home detention.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who is the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee which recently concluded its own controversial Russian Federation investigation, said Manafort's actions show he is running out of options.

The case now accuses both Manafort and Kilimnik, 48, of Moscow, of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, meaning they allegedly worked together to contact two possible witnesses in Manafort's case since February.

The indictment alleges that Manafort and Kilimnik "knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly persuade" two people "with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding".

Court documents say Manafort and an associate, identified as "Person A", reached out to two witnesses, identified as "Person D1" and "Person D2".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has indicted a 20th person in its probe into Russian meddling and collusion in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Kilimnik appears unlikely to face these new charges in court. Prosecutors say Manafort broke the law by failing to register as a lobbyist for foreign interests in the US.

"They haven't been convicted of anything". The witnesses, who had worked with Manafort as he represented a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, have told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that they believed Manafort and Kilimnik were trying to get them to lie about the nature of their work.