Manafort accused of attempted witnesses tampering

Bill Clark  CQ Roll Call  Newscom via ZUMA

Bill Clark CQ Roll Call Newscom via ZUMA

Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign, may have tried to obtain false testimony from a potential witness at one of his upcoming criminal trials, Special Counsel Robert Mueller told a Washington judge on Monday evening.

The FBI has documents and statements from the two people, as well as telephone records and documents recovered through a search of Manafort's iCloud account showing that Trump's former campaign manager attempted communication while he was out on bail, according to Domin.

Mr Manafort, 69, denies charges which include fraud.

According to the court filing, Manafort began messaging and calling one of the witnesses in February shortly after a federal grand jury in Washington returned a superseding indictment against him that included allegations of unregistered lobbying related to the Hapsburg Group.

And last, if the court grants Mueller's request to revoke or further restrict Manafort's bail agreement, it could significantly increase the pressure on Manafort to cooperate with the special counsel.


As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn't the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Department of "Justice" have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign?

Prosecutors are accusing former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort of witness tampering as he awaits trial on conspiracy and money laundering charges - and they asked a judge to end his house arrest and consider pre-trial detention.

According to a new court filing, which cites Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Brock Domin, Manafort and his associate, denoted in the document as "Person A", reached out to two witnesses associated with Manafort's past lobbying activities in an apparent attempt to coach their stories. He added: "The investigation into this matter is ongoing".

In one call, the agent wrote, Manafort said he wanted to give the witness a "heads-up about Hapsburg".

"Person D2 explained that he and Person D1 had been responsible for interfacing with the Hapsburg group, and acted as "intermediaries" between Manafort and Ukraine government officials and the Hapsburg group", prosecutors wrote. The witness said he hung up because he was "concerned" about the call, according to the affidavit. A minute later, he allegedly followed up by writing, "Basically P wants to give him a quick summary that he says to everybody (which is true) that our friends never lobbied in the USA, and the goal of the program was European Union".

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