In a filing Wednesday afternoon, special counsel prosecutors appeared to have inadvertently submitted unredacted documents. The motion contains the names of people who are usually not identified in court documents. The government has since removed that version and replaced it with a version with redacted names.
Wednesday afternoon’s original filing reveals the identity of a Manafort aide the government has accused of conspiring with Manafort to tamper with witnesses. Konstantin Kilimnik, Manafort’s alleged conspirator was referred to as Person A in previous filings. He and Manafort were both charged on Friday with Obstruction of Justice, and Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice.
Similarly, the filing identified persons previously called “D1 and D2” as Alan Friedman and Eckart Sager, respectively. The two men worked with the “Hapsburg Group” a group of former European politicians who promoted Ukrainian interests in Europe and the U.S. They are expected to testify that Manafort and Kilimnik tried to influence their testimony.
Special counsel lawyers have been careful not to identify potential witnesses or companies, citing the ongoing investigation and national security concerns. Manafort already knew who these individuals were, so this revelation is more of a bruise for the special counsel’s office than anything else.
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