June 21, 2018

Manafort accused of several tries to tamper with witnesses

05 June 2018, 06:18 | Marta Robbins

President Trump and his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. More

President Trump and Paul Manafort

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Brock Domin wrote in court documents that Manafort "contacted and attempted to contact" two unnamed witnesses, "in an effort to influence their testimony and to otherwise hide evidence".

"Things went from bad to much worse for Paul Manafort - here's why", said Glenn Kirschner, a homicide prosecutor until last month for the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney's office.

Mueller is now asking a judge to either revise the terms of his release or revoke it entirely, which could mean he will have to stay in jail until his trial. Prosecutors say the contacts occurred earlier this year while Manafort was confined to his home.

The communications were 'in an effort to influence their testimony and to otherwise hide evidence, ' Domin wrote.

One minute after sending the news article, Manafort wrote: "We should talk. Basically P wants to give him a quick summary that he says to everybody (which is true) that our friends never lobbied in the U.S".

President Trump attacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department for failing to inform him Paul Manafort was being "secretly investigated" when he was hired to lead the 2016 presidential campaign. Gates has since pleaded guilty to making false statements and conspiring against the United States, with other charges dropped in a plea bargain. Manafort also attempted to use the two people to influence the distinguished group of former European political leaders they previously worked with, called the Hapsburg group, who were part of the alleged lobbying scheme.

According to a February indictment, Manafort in 2012 and 2013 used offshore accounts to wire more than 2 million euros to pay the former politicians, who were described as independent actors instead of paid lobbyists.

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Despite the various indictments, Manafort has been out on bail and under house arrest, because he's being treated as a wealthy white man instead of a poor minority.

Manafort has already been indicted by Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Mr. Manafort is the most senior member of Mr. Trump's campaign to be indicted, although the charges do not relate to campaign activities.

The former campaign chairman has been charged with money laundering, foreign lobbying violations, conspiracy against the USA, and tax fraud, as well as other financial crimes.

He allegedly made tens of millions attempting to launder the reputation of the pro-Kremlin Ukrainian government ousted in the Maidan revolution in 2014, and failing to register this work.

Mr Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation and called the special counsel investigation a "witch hunt".

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