- Special counsel Robert Mueller filed new witness tampering charges against ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and Russian national Konstantin Kilimnik
- Mueller was already asking a judge to revoke Manafort’s $10 million bail.
- President Donald Trump has repeatedly called the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election a “witch hunt.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday filed new witness tampering criminal charges against ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort as well against Russian citizen and former Manafort operative Konstantin Kilimnik.
The superseding indictment — the third against Manafort issued by a Washington, D.C., federal grand jury — came days after Mueller asked a judge to revoke Manafort’s $10 million bail and jail him because of alleged efforts to tamper with potential witnesses at his upcoming trials.
Manafort, 69, and the 48-year-old Moscow resident Kilimnik were both charged with obstructing justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice by using intimidation or force against a witness, and also with tampering with a witness, victim or informant.
The charges echo allegations Mueller made Monday in his request to revoke Manafort’s bail.
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