Another indictment in Mueller inquiry

The Mueller inquiry into possible Russian interference in the 2016 US election continues to proceed slowly, with another indictment added to the list.

Bloomberg: Mueller Indicts Konstantin Kilimnik, Manafort’s Ukraine Fixer

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 for 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. Kilimnik’s 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.

It’s likely to be some time yet before it will be known what come worms out of the woodwork.

While Mueller and his investigation team are drip feeding progress via legal processes Donald Trump and his lawyers keep trying to play public opinion – it’s hard to know why they are doing this as it shouldn’t effect law and facts, and it has some risks.

And it doesn’t seem to be moving public opinion in their favour (but it could be stemming leakage of support).

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  1. David

     /  June 9, 2018

    Split along party lines really. I think its pertinent that Manafort was only very briefly with the Trump campaign and the shenanigans he is in trouble for go back a decade, these new charges are Ukraine related.

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 9, 2018

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      • David

         /  June 9, 2018

        So what, you make as little sense as usual just copying and pasting some left wing journo,s fake news.

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  June 10, 2018

          Stop with the fake news jibber jabber. It just doesn’t wash, and it’s embarrassing to have to read your displays of rank stupidity.

          If you had spent a New York minute reading Mueller’s superseding indictment on Manafort you will have seen that the open source timeline commences from March 2016 when Manafort joined trump’s campaign.

          And if you’ve been following along closely enough you would know that Konstantin Kilimnik, who finally got added to Manafort’s indictments, has always been a key part of the election year conspiracy and the damage control since.

          And you’d know that Kilimnik is the guy who in late 2016 discussed having Manafort provide updates to Oleg Deripaska to to get out debt.

          And you’d be completely aware that this indictment has potential to be politically significant, because it is the first one where a Russian and an American have been indicted together, the strongest evidence yet for potential cooperation.

          Let’s be clear: this is an indictment of the former chair of the Trump campaign for conspiring with a suspected Russian intelligence operative.

          In short, this week Mueller tipped his hand about a whole slew of communications involving Manafort and Kilimnik that haven’t been disclosed in discovery yet as well as a capability that even the national security journalists didn’t know they had.

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  2. Trevors_elbow

     /  June 9, 2018

    Witch hunt anyone connected, however briefly, to Trump to try and find something that scares to then offer a plea bargain to try and pin something on Trump.

    Beyond pathetic now…. indict Trump on something real or give it up….

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 9, 2018

    Time to indict Mueller for criminal nuisance and wasting Federal funds

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 9, 2018

      Patience, Grasshopper, patience.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 9, 2018

        No, Mueller has had his chance. If he can’t come clean by now on whether or not there is anything in the charge he was commissioned to pursue against Trump then he is either incompetent or dishonest. Either way he should go down.

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