Kilimnik was a longtime employee of Manafort’s political consulting entities in addition to also had done work for him in Ukraine. He is actually also suspected of having connections to Russian intelligence services.
The indictment accuses Manafort, while being confined to his home, of conspiring with Kilimnik to influence two potential witnesses against Manafort between late February in addition to also April.
The witnesses are identified as “Persons D1 in addition to also D2” inside superseding indictment. which is actually exactly how Mueller, in his bail revocation request, identified two witnesses who had worked with Manafort in addition to also whom he allegedly tried to tamper with.
The “Person A” identified in Monday’s filing by the special counsel as Manafort’s accomplice in which effort appears to be Kilimnik.
In which filing, Mueller said which in February, after he filed a second superseding indictment against Manafort, both Manafort in addition to also Person A “repeatedly contacted Persons D1 in addition to also D2 in an effort to secure materially false testimony concerning the activities of the Hapsburg group.” which group was a collection of former senior European political leaders who allegedly acted as third-party paid lobbyists for Ukraine.
Court filings say which Person D1 told Mueller’s investigators which Manafort reached out to him on Feb. 26 using the WhatsApp encrypted messaging platform to say, “We should talk. I have made clear which they worked in Europe,” referring to the Hapsburg group.
Person D1 told investigators he “understood Manafort’s outreach to be an effort to ‘suborn perjury'” because both he in addition to also Manafort knew the Hapsburg group had done work inside U.S.
Mueller’s filings also cited a Feb. 28 WhatsApp message by Person A to Person D2, which said, “Basically P wants to give him a quick summary which he says to everybody (which is actually true) which our friends never lobbied inside US, in addition to also the purpose of the program was EU.”
Person D2 turned over which message to Mueller’s investigators last month.
Lobbying inside U.S. on behalf of Ukraine might have required the Hapsburg group to register with the American government, which the idea had not done.