Paul Manafort accused of attempted witness tampering

Paul Manafort accused of attempted witness tampering

In court documents, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent wrote that at least one witness has said Manafort reached out and seemed to be trying to coach them on what to say about his lobbying practices, The New York Times reports. Mueller's team claims Manafort has been engaged in a witness tampering, and therefore violated the conditions of his release.

Mueller's team is asking the Washington, D.C., federal court to revoke Manafort's current $10 million bail and is asking that the court "promptly schedule the hearing called for by the statute to determine Manafort's release status". But if Mueller "can persuade the judge that Manafort has in fact been attempting to tamper with witnesses, that will be a significant blow to Manafort's defense going forward", Whiting said.

Mr Manafort, 69, denies charges which include fraud.

Mr. Manafort is the most senior member of Mr. Trump's campaign to be indicted, although the charges do not relate to campaign activities.

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"As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn't the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Department of "Justice" have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort", he asked on Twitter. If prosecutors introduce the charge at Manafort's trial, "it will change the feel of the case with respect to the judge", said Alex Whiting, a former assistant United States attorney from Boston and Washington, DC who is now a professor at Harvard Law School.

The two witnesses are also not named in court filings. 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.

One of the potential witnesses told the government that he believed Manafort's outreach was an effort to "suborn perjury", a criminal offense to induce a witness to lie under oath. Specifically, Manafort allegedly told Person D1 on February 26, "We should talk". Trump wrote in one tweet. I think, however, they were doing a number on Trump himself. He then asked if that could be arranged. Those potential witnesses, said to have been principals of a PR firm, are identified only as D1 and D2 in the court filings.

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