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Mueller believes Manafort lied about lobbying income, Kilimnik meeting

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Special
Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly believes Trump campaign chief
Paul Manafort lied about his lobbying income and meeting with
Russian-Ukrainian political operative Konstantin
Kilimnik.


Reuters


  • Special counsel Robert Mueller accused Paul Manafort,
    President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief, of lying to the
    FBI and Mueller’s office earlier this week.
  • Those alleged lies include information about Manafort’s
    personal income from his lobbying work and possible meeting
    with Russian-Ukrainian political operative Konstantin Kilimnik,
    The Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Mueller’s team is reportedly looking into a boat trip
    that Manafort took with real estate developer Tom Barrack,
    during which he may have met with Kilimnik.

Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly believes that President
Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, lied about his
lobbying income and meeting with a Russian-Ukrainian political
operative, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The report provides further details of a court filing that
Mueller issued on Monday, which
accused Manafort of lying to the FBI and Mueller’s office
“on
a variety of subject matters.”

Mueller’s office said Manafort made inaccurate statements in his
interviews with Mueller’s office about his communications with
Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian political operative and
Manafort’s longtime associate, The Journal reported.


Robert Mueller.
Mueller issued a Monday accusing Manafort of lying to
the FBI and Mueller’s office “on a variety of subject
matters.”

Thomson
Reuters



Mueller charged Manafort and Kilimnik this June
with
conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice. The
special counsel accused the pair of attempting to tamper with
witness testimony over several days in February, after their
associate Rick Gates pleaded guilty and began cooperating with
prosecutors.

One particular line of inquiry Mueller is probing is a boat trip
that Manafort took with Tom Barrack, Trump’s friend and real
estate developer, after Manafort
resigned from
the Trump campaign in August 2016.

Investigators are trying to figure out if Manafort met with
Kilimnik on that trip, The Journal reported.


Thomas Barrack
Mueller’s team are looking
into a boat trip that Manafort took with Tom Barrack, a real
estate developer, after Manafort left the Trump campaign in
August 2016.

Stephen Shugerman /
Stringer


Kilimnik is a former Russian military intelligence officer, whose
name grabbed headlines last year when it emerged that Manafort
may have tried to use his role in the Trump campaign to resolve a
financial dispute with
Russian-Ukrainian oligarch Oleg Deripaska
, an ally of Russian
President Vladimir Putin.

Manafort also allegedly misrepresented information about his
income received from his lobbying work, The Journal reported.

It’s not clear if prosecutors plan to accuse Manafort
of further lies, as those statements appear not to be
central to Mueller’s probe into the Russian interference in the
2016 presidential election, The Journal said.

The special counsel’s office on Monday said that “the nature of
the defendant’s [Manafort’s] crimes and lies, including those
after signing the plea agreement,” freed them of any obligation
from the plea agreement.

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