Courtesy of Bloomberg:
Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on a U.S. lobbying effort on Ukraine’s behalf, was indicted on federal charges Friday by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The indictment comes as part of an existing money-laundering case against Manafort, and charges him and Kilimnik with obstructing justice. On June 5, Mueller accused Manafort of attempting to tamper with witnesses in his case, saying Manafort and another person tried to contact witnesses to secure false testimony about work done on behalf of Ukraine.
The new charges identify that person as Kilimnik, charging him with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. kilimnik is a Ukraine-born Russian speaker who has been tied in previous court filings to Russian intelligence, including one citing an FBI assessment that his ties to Russian intelligence continued into the 2016 election. His whereabouts are unknown.
Kilimnik worked for Manafort’s longtime business partner, Rick Gates, when they served as political consultants in Ukraine. Prosecutors have previously said Manafort and Gates secretly coordinated an extensive lobbying campaign in the U.S. to benefit former President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine before he fled to Moscow. Gates is cooperating with prosecutors in the case against Manafort.
Here is a photo of Konstantin Kilimnik.
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According to CNBC, the indictment claims that Manafort and this Kilimnik guy used intimidation or threat of force in order to convince a witness to perjure themselves.
That is pretty extreme and definitely speaks to how incredibly desperate Manafort has become.
For those keeping count, Mueller has now indicted 20 individuals and three companies.
Pretty good for a “witch hunt” wouldn’t you say?