Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort faces more charges in Russian Federation inquiry

Robert Mueller hits ex Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with third indictment that also charges Russian operative

In court papers filed on Monday, the special counsel Robert Mueller accused Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign, of attempting to tamper with potential witnesses in the Russian Federation investigation.

The latest charges increase Manafort's legal jeopardy if he continues an aggressive battle with prosecutors, and could be an effort by Mueller to induce a guilty plea and secure the testimony of a critical campaign adviser to Trump.

He previously has noted that the charges against Manafort date to the time before he worked on Trump's campaign - although the obstruction charges relate to a period between February and April of this year.

The charges mark the second time since October that an indictment against Manafort has been amended to include additional allegations.

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

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

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

WASHINGTON ― Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has secured an indictment against a Russian-Ukrainian political consultant who worked with Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

This is Mueller's first indictment with both a Russian and an American name on it-former Trump Campaign Chair Manafort and suspected Russian intel operative Konstantin Kilimnik. Prosecutors say Manafort broke the law by failing to register as a lobbyist for foreign interests in the US. He is now on house arrest at his condo in Alexandria, Virginia, and has a $10 million unsecured bail.

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson will hold a hearing on the matter on June 15.

The White House did not immediately comment on Friday's new charges, but some of Trump's allies quickly picked up a familiar argument.

Another potential problem for Manafort is that the two witnesses whose testimony he and Person A were allegedly trying to tamper with are not the only individuals who know about the Hapsburg Group's lobbying campaign.

The Manafort case though focuses on his work between 2004 and 2014 in Ukraine for pro-Russia politicians including former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych.

Mr Manafort is also charged with money laundering, illegal foreign lobbying, and lying to federal officials.

In court papers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is alleging that at least one witness in the Manafort case was contacted by the former Trump aide and coached on what he should say about his lobbying practices.

Mueller has now brought more than 100 criminal charges against 20 people.

Former independent counsel Robert Ray also told Politico the "heat is being turned up on Paul Manafort".

Through a spokesman, Manafort has confirmed the authenticity of the emails but said no briefings occurred.

Pressed to explain how charges of bank fraud going back a decade fell under the scope of a 2016 election probe, Dreeben claimed the memo outlining the scope of Mueller's probe was classified.

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