New charges filed against Manafort in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought additional charges against Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donad Trump’s campaign, and his longtime associate Konstantin Kilimnik, who prosecutors have said has ties to Russian intelligence.

The indictment accusing them of obstructing justice was unsealed Friday against Manafort and Kilimnik just days after prosecutors accused the two men of attempting to tamper with witnesses as Manafort awaits trial on charges related to his foreign lobbying work.

On Friday, Trump dismissed any talk of pardoning Manafort or his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who is under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York.

“They haven’t been convicted of anything. There’s nothing to pardon. It is far too early to be thinking about it,” Trump told reporters.

Mueller filed a superseding indictment Friday in a D.C. court that brought two new counts against Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime Manafort aide.

The new indictment adds two new counts on five previously issued charges, accusing Manafort and Kilimnik with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice related to contacts they had with two witnesses earlier this year.

The witnesses, who had worked with Manafort as he represented a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, have told the FBI that they believed Manafort and Kilimnik were trying to get them to lie about the nature of their work.

Kilimnik, ran the Kiev office of Manafort’s political consulting company Davis Manafort Partners.

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