Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Spectacular Mueller was charged with the Floor of Manufactu

Paul Manafort appears to be running out of ways to combat a key charge in the Mueller probe Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort faces more charges in Russia inquiry
Glenn Montgomery | 11 June, 2018, 14:17

The indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Washington marked the first such charges for Manafort's associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, who is believed to be in Moscow - and therefore probably safe from arrest because Russian Federation does not extradite its citizens.

For Manafort, though, the charges come at a perilous time, just hours before his attorneys filed a legal brief arguing that he should be allowed to be freed from home confinement on bond pending his trial, scheduled for next month in Alexandria, Virginia.

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 alleged coverup 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 USA and European officials.

Russia collusion investigator Robert Mueller socked former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with new obstruction of justice charges today, and also charged for the first time Manafort's Russian fixer Konstantin Kilimnik.

Manafort's lawyers filed a response Friday that "the Special Counsel contrives dubious allegations".

However, Manafort hit back at what he called a dubious plot meant to corruptly persuade his former business associates to perjure themselves at the upcoming trial in September.

According to the Prosecutor, between 2006 and 2014 Manafort and his partners Richard gates and kilimnik "participated in a lobbying campaign worth millions of dollars in the United States", working with the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, Party of regions and the government of Ukraine. "You now have the former chairman of the Trump campaign charged with conspiring with a suspected Russian intelligence operative".

Investigators claimed that the "repeated" contacts occurred while Manafort was under house arrest, as a condition of his release pending the trials in Washington and Virginia. Manafort pleaded not guilty and is fighting the charges in court. The individuals shared communications with prosecutors, the government said.

In Friday's indictment, Mueller accused Kilimnik of taking part in the covert lobbying scheme and of trying to influence potential witnesses.

According to the witnesses, Manafort and Kilimnik appeared to be pressuring them to say the Hapsburg group only worked in Europe, when they knew that they had been secretly paid to lobby in the U.S. Several of the politicians involved have denied any wrongdoing. Neither does the alleged obstruction of justice in connection with the previously pending charges.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 19, 2013.

The men continued to work together for a successor party to Yanukovych's after he fled Ukraine in February 2014 amid protests of his regime's corruption and pivot toward Moscow, eventually arriving in Russian Federation and effectively ending his presidency.

They said Manafort's "limited communications can not be fairly read, either factually or legally, to reflect an intent to corruptly influence a trial witness".

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

Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016, was promoted to campaign manager in May 2016, and stayed until August 2016, having played a major role during the Republican National Convention.

Recommended

  • Anthony Bourdain's mother says his body is stuck in France

    Anthony Bourdain's mother says his body is stuck in France

    While it was revealed that the renowned TV host hung himself to death, new details have emerged redarding the death scene. "Mr. Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room by a close friend, French chef Eric Ripert , Friday morning, CNN said.
    Trump slams Trudeau's post summit remarks as 'very dishonest & weak'

    Trump slams Trudeau's post summit remarks as 'very dishonest & weak'

    Trump left the summit early for Singapore, where he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week. Trump added: "Very dishonest & weak". "We have to have deals that are fair", Trump said.
    Amazon Prime Video to stream live Premier League matches and highlights

    Amazon Prime Video to stream live Premier League matches and highlights

    Those wishing to watch the games will require a subscription to Amazon Prime UK, which now costs £ 79 per year or £7.99 per month. The way Premier League rights are sold in the United Kingdom is complicated and not all games are available for broadcast.
  • Golden State Warriors owner expects to sign Steve Kerr to contract extension

    Golden State Warriors owner expects to sign Steve Kerr to contract extension

    Asked about winning the Finals MVP, Durant said, "Does it matter?" So I kind of try to just stand on that. James exited the floor with four minutes left on the clock to a standing from the home crowd.
    Defector explains what North Koreans don't know about the world

    Defector explains what North Koreans don't know about the world

    You ever hear of that one? "I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in, it would be good for the world". To achieve this long-held desire he has dramatically shifted in character from isolated angry strongman to global statesman.
    Justify Wins Horse Racing's Triple Crown

    Justify Wins Horse Racing's Triple Crown

    After winning the first two races earlier this year, Justify was the clear favourite to win Saturday's race in Elmont, New York . Trainer Todd Pletcher also had two horses in the field - 8-1 Vino Rosso and 30-1 Noble Indy. "This horse ran a tremendous race".
  • Microsoft's throwing its servers in the sea to keep them cool

    Microsoft's throwing its servers in the sea to keep them cool

    The Project Natick data center consists of 864 servers tightly arranged inside a shipping container that sits 12km off the coast. An undersea cable serves the power the data center needs and transfers data from the data center to the internet on shore.
    Liverpool set to seal move for Nabil Fekir 'on Friday'

    Liverpool set to seal move for Nabil Fekir 'on Friday'

    Reports emerging late on Thursday evening suggest a breakthrough has been made as Liverpool look to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon . Fekir is set to play for France on Saturday evening against the US , a game that will take place in Lyon's Stade des Lumieres.
    French Open 2018: Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber

    French Open 2018: Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber

    Halep went all out in the first set against Kerber, but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors. The victor earns a berth in the final at Roland Garros - plus the No 1 ranking that now belongs to Halep.
  • Kremlin says Trump-Putin meeting could be held in Vienna

    Kremlin says Trump-Putin meeting could be held in Vienna

    Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron over stiff USA tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada , Europe and Mexico. Even before he arrived at the summit in the picturesque town of La Malbaie, Que., on Friday, Mr.
    Amazon announces Fire TV Cube

    Amazon announces Fire TV Cube

    Voice responses from Alexa get enhanced with visuals and optimized for visibility across the room with the Echo Show . The built-in microphones with far-field voice recognition will enable users to control their TV from across the room.
    NTSB: Tesla driver did not have hands on wheel before fatal crash

    NTSB: Tesla driver did not have hands on wheel before fatal crash

    The attenuator had been damaged 11 days earlier in a previous accident and hadn't been repaired, according to NTSB. Just four seconds prior to the impact, the vehicle in front moved out of the way and the Tesla began to speed up.

How the Trump-Kim summit eventually came together How the Trump-Kim summit eventually came together "It is a cost we are willing to pay", he said on Sunday, adding that security costs would account for about half of that figure. Word does get around, however, and the prospect of a meeting between Kim and Trump had already been on the public's radar.

Bethesda Officially Announces The Elder Scrolls VI Bethesda Officially Announces The Elder Scrolls VI In a break from that tradition, Bethesda closed this year's show with surprise reveals of both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 . One of the missions teased involves collecting codes for a nuclear missile, which can then be fired at anything on the map.

Details about Real Madrid star's potential destinations revealed Details about Real Madrid star's potential destinations revealed The outlet reports that Ronaldo now earns €23.6m per season and had agreed with Perez to see that upped to €37m net after tax. Ronaldo is Real's record scorer and has helped the club win four Champions League titles in the last four seasons.

Yoel Romero in Chicago Yoel Romero in Chicago Now that he is on the sidelines working more and more with FOX Sports, the former UFC middleweight champion remains that way. Whittaker's belt will not be on the line and Romero was fined for coming in at 185.2 pounds his second chance on the scale.

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid this summer Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid this summer Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal ruled out for offside before Guedes, who spent last season on loan at Valencia from Paris St-Germain, scored from Bernardo Silva's cushioned header.

Belmont Stakes odds: Justify is the favorite Belmont Stakes odds: Justify is the favorite In the draw for post positions on Tuesday, Justify drew the No. 1 gate for the race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York . Free Drop Billy won the Breeders' Cup Futurity last October - Bravazo was second - but hasn't won in five races since.

Capitals Win Game 4, Take Commanding Series Lead Capitals Win Game 4, Take Commanding Series Lead Through three games he has one risky shot attempt at 5-on-5, which is the same number as Capitals checking-line centre Jay Beagle. Vegas has won four straight games after consecutive losses, and they are 8-3 total in their inaugural season in this situation.

England 2 Costa Rica 0 England 2 Costa Rica 0 England were on top without exerting too much pressure and got the second they deserved in the 76th minute. England beat Costa Rica 2-0 at Elland Road in the Three Lions' final warm-up game for the World Cup .

Mars Rover Curiosity has found organic molecules, methane on Mars Mars Rover Curiosity has found organic molecules, methane on Mars Another mission, Mars InSight , is heading to Mars right now to study the geological life of the planet. Gale Crater's rim is visible on the horizon.

NBA Finals Highlights: Kevin Durant, Warriors Beat Cavs In Game 3 NBA Finals Highlights: Kevin Durant, Warriors Beat Cavs In Game 3 James had 51 points, eight assists and eight rebounds in the loss, a performance he likely won't be able to replicate again. Because Durant went insane , scoring 24 points on 7-for-10 shooting, and Golden State kept getting to the free throw line.

Bus carrying Chinese tourists crashes on Canadian highway Bus carrying Chinese tourists crashes on Canadian highway Aiden Liang, the owner of the Union Tour Express bus company, said the bus left from Ottawa on Monday and was bound for Toronto. Emergency services in Ontario are responding to a major accident involving a passenger bus, officials and witnesses say.

French Open quarter-finals: Nadal v Schwartzman and Cilic v Del Potro French Open quarter-finals: Nadal v Schwartzman and Cilic v Del Potro Rafael Nadal's grip on the French Open title was in danger of being loosened by the unlikely figure of Diego Schwartzman . The Romanian broke serve six times against a player who made the semi-finals at the Australian Open in January.

US singled out by G7 allies over steel and aluminium tariffs US singled out by G7 allies over steel and aluminium tariffs House Speaker Paul Ryan, who hails from dairy-producing Wisconsin, are up in arms about Canada's system. In the past, Trump had extended tariff exemptions for Canada and others beyond existing deadlines.

Rivaldo predicts new signing Fred will shine for Manchester United Rivaldo predicts new signing Fred will shine for Manchester United He rates youngster Scott McTominay, but Fred is an experienced Champions League player and now a Brazilian worldwide . Fred is an all action box to box midfielder, who in theory should significantly improve United's style of play.

Mexico imposes tariffs on USA pork exports Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said that Mexico would now "surely" look to import more pork from Europe. Rising trade tensions between Canada and the United States threaten to drive the key allies apart.