Mueller's team accuses Manafort of witness tampering

Mueller's team accuses Manafort of witness tampering

Mueller's team accuses Manafort of witness tampering

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 December, Mueller also said Manafort had tried to improperly influence the trial by secretly ghostwriting an op-ed piece by a Ukrainian politician describing Manafort's work.

The filing marks the second time that Mueller's team has accused Manafort of violating a judge's order in the case.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has reportedly given a head-ups to two witnesses in his pending trial, so they would provide false statements on his lobbying work on behalf of Ukraine, court papers reveal.

The filing argued that Manafort's attempts at contact were "in an effort to influence their testimony and to otherwise hide evidence", and that the probe into the matter was still ongoing.

The motion includes a sworn declaration by an FBI agent who is attached to the Mueller investigation, supporting the allegation of witness tampering. Manafort was indicted in two courts on charges completely unrelated to the initial goal of the investigation, which has yet to produce any solid evidence in support of the collusion or obstruction claims.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller accuses former Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort of witness tampering.

Manafort previously denied all charges.

Manafort allegedly paid the group some $2.5 million in 2012 and 2013 alone. "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".

When senior members of the Trump campaign, including Manafort, met with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower who was offering dirt on then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

If only there had been same way for the Trump campaign to know that Manafort, a resident of Trump Tower-who'd made his fortune as a political consultant to dictators and had largely been absent from Republican politics for two decades-was involved in some shady business.

Paul Manafort finds himself in a bad position after special counsel Robert Mueller revealed his attempts to contact witnesses in the Russian Federation probe to influence their testimony.

Schiff, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called Manafort's alleged actions "desperate", and suggested the former Trump campaign aide is anxious about his legal fate. He is facing charges of tax fraud and money laundering. The filing states that these witnesses worked with "The Hapsburg Group", the pro-Ukraine lobbying group Manafort was affiliated with without registering with the government.

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