The man that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has described as his “Russian brain,” Konstantin Kilimnik, has been charged with three counts in federal court by Robert Mueller’s special counsel prosecutors. Kilimnik is suspected of maintaining ties to the Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravleniye — the GRU, a sort of Russian equivalent of America’s CIA.
Manafort has worked closely with Kilimnik for decades.
Kilimnik is the formerly unnamed second person that was cited in the recent news that Manafort had attempted to carry out witness tampering in February, and today’s charges against the 48-year-old Russian accompany the same charge — a new addition to the litany of charges against him already — being levied now against Manafort himself: Obstruction of justice.
If you haven’t memorized that phrase yet, make sure you commit it to memory soon, because we expect to see obstruction charges handed out like Halloween candy for Donald Trump and his cohorts in the conspiracy to hand over America’s democracy to a hostile foreign power.
If Trump’s intentions weren’t clear enough — or the evidence that he is in debt to Vladimir Putin for his electoral win — look no further than his call today for the world’s largest economies to invite Russia back to the bargaining table to once again turn the G7 into the G8.
That’s not going to happen, not least because Russia no longer even ranks in the top ten of world economies — but mostly because the rest of the world has finally seen what Paul Manafort, Konstantin Kilimnik, and Donald Trump have known all along: That Russia is willing to do anything it takes to get what it wants, including international espionage, election tampering, money laundering, blackmail, bribery, and any number of other offenses for which Trump will eventually be arraigned as well.
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