June 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Facebook iconTwitter iconYouTube iconGoogle+ icon

Manafort attempted to tamper with potential witnesses

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who has been indicted by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, attempted to tamper with potential witnesses, Mueller said in a court filing on Monday.

Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, asked the judge overseeing the case in US District Court for the District of Columbia to revoke or revise an order releasing Manafort ahead of his trial.

Manafort was released to home confinement after his arraignment in October.

Mueller has indicted Manafort in federal courts in Virginia and Washington, D.C., with an array of allegations from money-laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent, to bank and tax fraud. Manafort has pleaded not guilty.

FBI Special Agent Brock Domin, in a declaration filed with Mueller’s motion, said Manafort had attempted to call, text and send encrypted messages in February to two people from “The Hapsburg Group,” a firm he worked with to promote the interests of Ukraine.

The FBI has documents and statements from the two people, as well as telephone records and documents recovered through a search of Manafort’s iCloud account showing that Trump’s former campaign manager attempted communication while he was out on bail, according to Domin.

The communications were “in an effort to influence their testimony and to otherwise conceal evidence,” Domin wrote. “The investigation into this matter is ongoing.”

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

Mueller urged Judge Amy Berman Jackson to “promptly” schedule a hearing on the whether to change Manafort’s conditions of release, which could result in Manafort going to jail.  -- Reuters
 
Category: 
Rating: 
No votes yet

Column of the Day

When body language speaks volumes

By ABIGAIL VALTE | June 19,2018
‘Whichever side you are on, it’s difficult to deny that the photo of Robredo put down Duterte in many, many ways, though inadvertently.’

Opinion of the Day

KOWTOWING

Rey O. Arcilla's picture
By REY O. ARCILLA | June 19, 2018
‘I believe what Digong’s detractors really mean and want is that they’d rather the country went back to kowtowing to the US.’