Special counsel brings new charges against Paul Manafort in Russian Federation probe


New charges have been filed against President Trump's former adviser Paul Manafort as part of the USA probe into Russian meddling.

Manafort's lawyers were expected to respond to those claims Friday.

'They haven't been convicted of anything. There's nothing to pardon.

CNBC reported that Manafort's Trump Tower purchase was an "all-cash deal".

The new charges against both men - known as a superseding indictment - alleges that they sought to tamper with witnesses ahead of Mr Manafort's trial next month.

Mr Mueller has yet to assert that Mr Manafort's Ukraine and Russian connections resulted in any election-meddling.

It was the third time Mueller had added to charges against Manafort since he was indicted in October.

He said the texts surfaced by the special counsel were "entirely consistent with Mr. Manafort's stated position and repeated assertion of his innocence".

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An Atlantic profile earlier this week portrays Kilimnik as Manafort's long-time "aide-de-camp" in Eastern Europe.

Kilimnik has always been a close business colleague of Manafort's that prosecutors have said in previous filings has ties to Russian intelligence.

The fresh counts could make it harder for Manafort to avoid jail before he goes on trial for alleged financial crimes that largely predate his time on the Trump campaign. A hearing is set for next week.

Kilimkin was previously identified only as "Person A", in the March sentencing memo for Manafort's business partner Rick Gates. Kilimnik also became the manager and in-country representative for Manafort's Ukrainian political consulting business. One project was to assemble a team of European political leaders who could advocate for Ukraine's then-President Viktor Yanukovych - apparently independently. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to a raft of charges, from money-laundering to failing to register as a foreign agent, to bank and tax fraud. A witness told investigators recently that Manafort wanted them to commit perjury about a lobbying effort they worked on for him in the USA, a filing in DC District Court said.

Mueller has now brought more than 100 criminal charges against 20 people. Others include 13 Russians accused in a hidden social media effort to sway public opinion, former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

Manafort also dings Mueller for allegedly violating his Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial and for refusing to reveal the government's list of potential witnesses, but both of these issues are only briefly touched upon.

The 69-year-old denies all charges against him.