Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort kept working for Ukrainian interests into 2018 — after he was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
NBC News reported that a redacted, newly-released court transcript from a sealed hearing Monday revealed that prosecutors referenced work Manafort did in the Eastern European country last year.
At one point, the report noted, prosecutor Andrew Weissman referenced “2018 work that [Manafort] did with respect to polling in Ukraine.”
The transcript also suggested that prosecutors believe the former Trump campaign chairman told at least one lie to investigators in hopes of securing a pardon from President Donald Trump.
Manafort also reportedly lied about contacts he had with Russian oligarch Konstantin Kilimnik in early August 2016, while he was still chairman of the Trump campaign. Kilimnik was indicted by Mueller in June 2018 on obstruction of justice charges similar to Manaforts’.
New York Times reporter Ken Vogel noted on Twitter that prosecutors allege Manafort “went out of his way” to not incriminate Kilimnik.
MANAFORT “went out of his way” not to incriminate his longtime associate, KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK, who has been linked to Russian intelligence, MUELLER’s prosecutors alleged in a hearing on Monday, according to a just-released transcript. pic.twitter.com/380nI0GbaK# p #7_16 # ad skipped = true #
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Mueller’s team, Vogel noted, has claimed oligarch has ties to Russian intelligence and was “acting on behalf of Russia” when interacting with Manafort.
MUELLER's team seems to be suggesting here that they believe that KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK was acting on behalf of Russia in his interactions with PAUL MANAFORT during & after the campaign, which would be a big deal, if it could be proven. So far, Mueller has not gone there. pic.twitter.com/ouDFIU6MCh# p #11_16 # ad skipped = true #
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Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were aware that their meeting with Kilimnik “could look bad” and “took steps to conceal it,” the reporter tweeted, summarizing the new transcripts.
PAUL MANAFORT & RICK GATES knew that their meeting with KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK during the 2016 campaign could look bad, & they took steps to conceal it, leaving the meeting separately, according to MUELLER’s team. pic.twitter.com/tE6LZWrlKE# p #14_16 # ad skipped = true #
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) February 8, 2019# p #15_16 # ad skipped = true #