Mueller Accuses Trump Ex-Campaign Chief Manafort Of Witness Tampering

Mueller Accuses Trump Ex-Campaign Chief Manafort Of Witness Tampering

Mueller Accuses Trump Ex-Campaign Chief Manafort Of Witness Tampering

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A federal judge in Washington has given former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort until Friday to respond to allegations that he made several attempts to tamper with witnesses in his ongoing prosecution. He reportedly became the central subject of a probe that began in 2014.

In a statement, Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said, "Mr. Manafort is innocent and nothing about this latest allegation changes our defence".

Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cleveland.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington on February 28.

Domin concluded that Manafort's communications were "an effort to influence their testimony and to otherwise hide evidence", and added that "the investigation into this matter is ongoing".

Prosecutors have said Manafort engaged the group in 2012 and paid it €2 million till 2013, and it was a part of a secret and undisclosed lobbying activity undertaken by Manafort on behalf of his Ukrainian clients in the US.

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The court filings suggest his attempts to reach the witnesses were ignored. But prosecutors say they were principals in a public relations firm that worked with Manafort in organizing a group of former European officials, known as the Hapsburg group, who promoted Ukrainian interests in Europe as well as the U.S.

But the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday accused Manafort of attempting to tamper with witness testimony and subsequently asked the court to revoke or restrict the terms of Manafort's release.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Brock Domin said Manafort attempted to communicate via phone and encrypted messaging with two people associated with the Hapsburg Group - a group of former senior European politicians who work to advance Ukraine's interests. The FBI considered those ties to be ongoing during the US presidential campaign, prosecutors later wrote.

Who is Manafort accused of contacting?

Kilimnik figured prominently in December, when Mueller accused Manafort of improperly commenting on his case in public.

Person D1 tried to avoid him, even hanging up on one of the calls, the prosecutors said.

"The prospect of jail time - especially for someone who is used to a fairly lavish lifestyle with residences around the world and expensive suits - could be the straw that breaks Manafort's back when it comes to an inducement to co-operate with prosecutors", he said. US law requires lobbyists for foreign governments to register their work. He also faces a separate September trial in Washington related to his work for a pro-Russia political faction in Ukraine.

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