New charges filed against Paul Manafort in Russia probe

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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.

"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".

Last night, some bad news came to light for Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

The two individuals were members of the "Hapsburg group", described by Mueller in the February superseding indictment of Manafort as "a group of former senior European politicians to take positions favorable to Ukraine, including by lobbying in the United States".

The alleged cover-up 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 US and European officials.

Kilimnik worked with Manafort in Ukraine during that time, and during the 2016 election they were reportedly in regular contact.

He has denied allegations that he has ties to Russian intelligence.

Prosecutors say the "P" in the message refers to Manafort, and that the assertions in the texts are untrue. The Special Counsel has not provided Mr. Manafort with its witness list. "However, exhibits attached to the Special Counsel's filing support the defendant's position that the mission and work of the so-called Hapsburg Group was European-focused and that the text messages cited by the Special Counsel do not establish any witness tampering". He has pleaded not guilty.

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Kilimnik, also a political consultant, specifically helped Manafort and Gates in their effort to elect Party of Regions candidate Viktor Yanukovych to Ukraine's presidency and to help him lobby the U.S between 2006 and 2014.

Perhaps more important is that an alleged line from the Russian government to the Trump campaign could be getting clearer.

Earlier this week Mr Manafort was accused of witness tampering.

Two U.S. intelligence officials on Friday said that Kilimnik, who was educated in part as a linguist and served in the Russian army as a translator, is believed to have at least informal ties to Russian intelligence.

On Monday, Mueller asked a Washington, DC, federal judge to send Manafort to jail for allegedly attempting to get witnesses to lie for him in court.

Russian political operative Konstantin Kilimnik was also indicted.

Deripaska has denied accepting the offer or receiving any such briefings.

Spencer S. Hsu is an investigative reporter, two-time Pulitzer finalist and national Emmy Award nominee.