Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Manafort accused of several tries to tamper with witnesses

Manafort accused of several tries to tamper with witnesses

Special counsel Robert Mueller in court filings Monday evening accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of witness tampering and asked for a judge to revoke his current house arrest.

In a court filing, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller wrote that Manafort and one of his associates "repeatedly" contacted two witnesses in an effort to influence their testimony. The court filing says that Manafort reportedly sought to alert the second witness about the direction the case was taking.

Mueller's team asked the DC judge to lock Manafort up, given that he had violated the terms of his bail by interfering with witnesses, writing that there's "little confidence that restrictions short of Manafort's detention assure Manafort's compliance".

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

Berman Jackson said that a review of the search and seizure warrant affidavits themselves and a "consideration of the pleadings" from both sides led her to the conclusion that Manafort's motion to compel should be denied.

Federal investigators have accused Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, of tampering with potential witnesses while on bail ahead of his federal bank fraud and tax case.

Those potential witnesses, said to have been principals of a PR firm, are identified only as D1 and D2 in the court filings.

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.

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

The latest news about Manafort comes as President Trump stated he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself for any possible 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.

"He had long-standing ties to Russia-backed politicians", DOJ attorney Michael Dreeben said about Manafort during a hearing connected to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

During his August 2016 meeting with Kilimnik, Manafort has said he and his longtime Kiev office manager discussed, among other topics, the ongoing campaign, including the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails.

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