Mueller accuses Paul Manafort, ex-Trump campaign manager, of witness tampering

Trump I wouldn’t have hired Manafort if I knew FBI was going after him

According to a New York Times report, however, FBI Special Agent Brock Domin said that Manafort attempted to contact two people from The Hapsburg Group, a European firm Manafort previously worked with to promote Ukrainian interests.

For one, prosecutors are likely to introduce evidence of witness tampering at Manafort's upcoming trial to show consciousness of guilt, or a guilty mind.

Mueller asked a federal judge to revise the terms of Manafort's release or revoke it entirely.

In the latest court documents, prosecutors say that while he was under house arrest, Manafort and his associate attempted to get two witnesses to lie about the nature of lobbying and public relations work they carried out at Manafort's direction on behalf of Ukraine.

An FBI special agent wrote that the communication with witnesses was quote "in an effort to influence their testimony - and to otherwise hide evidence".

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.

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.

Paul Manafort has pleaded not guilty to a dozen charges, including tax avoidance, illegally working as an unregistered lobbyist of a foreign government and conspiracy to launder money.

The excerpt from the Monday court filing in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia appears below.

Manafort allegedly paid the group some $2.5 million in 2012 and 2013 alone. One of the messages was a link to a newspaper article, while the other was an invitation to talk and a warning that he "made clear" to the investigators that the activities of the group were limited to Europe.

The former campaign chairman has been charged with money laundering, foreign lobbying violations, conspiracy against the US, and tax fraud, as well as other financial crimes.

Mr Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation and called the special counsel investigation a "witch hunt".

Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and served as its campaign manager from June to August of that year.

A plea deal between the former campaign chairman and the special counsel could also spell trouble for Trump, who has sought to distance himself and the campaign from Manafort since he was first indicted last October.

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