In reality, according to court documents, the group was working at Manafort's direction and in the pay of the Ukrainian government.
Manafort has already been charged with conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading Foreign Agents Registration Act statements and false statements.
'We should talk. I have made clear that they worked in Europe, ' Manafort wrote Person D in an encrypted message.
For the moment, Mr Manafort is one of the few targets of Mueller's Russian Federation probe to push toward a criminal trial, rather than co-operate with the investigation.
The new charges revolve around allegations that Manafort, 69, and Kilimnik, 47, tried to influence two public relations executives who were involved in lobbying work in 2012 on behalf ot the Ukraine government.
The new charges are related to the accusation that Manafort hired a firm of former European officials to illegally lobby in the USA on issues related to Ukraine.
"I'll double-down on what I've said to you before: I can not believe Manafort is ever going to go into a court with these charges", he said.
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 Ukrainian-born Russian national worked with Manafort and his associate, Rick Gates, for years in their lobbying work in Ukraine. Because as Renato and I detailed in our piece yesterday, for bail purposes the judge must only determine by the relatively low probable cause standard that Manafort attempted to tamper with witnesses.
The charges mark the second time since his October indictment that Manafort has faced additional criminal charges. He also has denied being connected to Russian intelligence agencies. He has said he met with Kilimnik in person in May 2016 and again in August 2016 in New York City, about two weeks before Manafort resigned as Trump's campaign chairman.
Mariotti also highlighted how unusual it was for a defendant like Manafort, who is being monitored and is facing federal charges, to make such a risky move while awaiting trial.
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