Mueller Accuses Paul Manafort of Attempted Witness Tampering

Mueller Accuses Paul Manafort of Attempted Witness Tampering

In a court filing on Monday, prosecutors working for the special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, said Manafort and an associate "repeatedly" attempted to contact witnesses using his phone and an encrypted messaging application. One of those contacts was an encrypted message that outlined Manafort's "summary", prosecutors said, "that the Hapsburg group never lobbied in the United States".

Mueller's team is asking the Washington, D.C., federal court to revoke Manafort's current $10 million bail and is asking that the court "promptly schedule the hearing called for by the statute to determine Manafort's release status".

Special Counsel prosecutors say Mr Manafort was "attempting to tamper with potential witnesses while on pretrial release and, accordingly, has violated the conditions of his release". This coterie allegedly was dubbed the "Hapsburg" group by Manafort. Manafort was indicted in two courts on charges completely unrelated to the initial objective of the investigation, which has yet to produce any solid evidence in support of the collusion or obstruction claims.

"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. "We should talk. I have made clear that they worked in Europe", Manafort's text said.

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Manafort has pleaded not guilty on all of the charges against him. The individual then hung up "because he was concerned about the outreach", according to the affidavit.

The person told investigators that he interpreted Manafort's efforts to reach him as a way to influence his potential statements.

Trump responded in a fashion to his own question in the subsequent tweet. Both witnesses said that wasn't true.

The cases are U.S. v. Manafort, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington) and U.S. v. Manafort, 18-cr-83, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria).

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