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Mueller Accuses Paul Manafort of Attempted Witness Tampering

Mueller Accuses Paul Manafort of Attempted Witness Tampering

"What we have here is Mr. Manafort reaching out to witnesses and saying, 'Remember, we didn't do any lobbying in the United States, ' when there is ample evidence that that's untrue".

Manafort's first trial, which will take place in Washington, D.C., is set to begin September 17.

The group's work factors into an indictment against Manafort that accuses him of acting as an unregistered foreign agent by lobbying in the USA on behalf of Ukrainian interests.

In that sense, a witness tampering charge is similar to a charge of lying to the FBI and can be "enticing to a jury", said Jeffrey Cramer, a longtime former federal prosecutor who spent 12 years at the Justice Department.

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, President Donald Trump trashed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice for not revealing to his campaign that agents were "secretly investigating" his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, during the 2016 election.

The court filing revealed that the FBI possesses documentation about the communications, including statements from two unnamed witnesses who also provided the bureau with copies of Manafort's texts. Those two people had previously assisted lobbying and public relations efforts that Manafort masterminded in the United States and Europe. Both witnesses said that wasn't true.

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The filings say Manafort tried to call, text and send encrypted messages to two people from 'The Hapsburg Group, ' a firm he worked with to promote the interests of Ukraine. In Monday night's filing, prosecutors attached several emails and schedules from 2011 to 2013 about the Hapsburg group's meetings in the USA with members of Congress.

Manafort has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. Specifically, Manafort allegedly told Person D1 on February 26, "We should talk".

He called Person D1 five times in late February.

During one call the witness told the government that Manafort identified himself and said he wanted to give "a heads-up about Hapsburg". "How are you? Hope you are doing fine" and a wink emoji. According to the declaration, Manafort used "an encrypted application" to contact one of the public relations workers a Business Insider article describing the activities of the "Hapsburg Group".

The special counsel says Manafort's actions violate federal law, and therefore violate the terms of his pretrial release. He has attempted to post $10 million in properties as his bail several times since his initial arrest in late October, so he could move about more freely, to no avail.

Kilimnik did not respond to a request for comment Monday evening.


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