Mueller says Manafort tried to tamper with witnesses, hide evidence

Special Advice Robert Mueller claimed in a courtroom filing Monday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort attempted to tamper with two potential witnesses in his upcoming trial while below house arrest.

Prosecutors working for Mueller made the claim in a request which the judge overseeing the case revoke or even revise an order for Manafort to be placed on pretrial release. Additionally they said an associate of Manafort’s attempted to contact a potential witness more than once.

According to paperwork filed in federal court within D. C., Manafort reached out towards the would-be witnesses in February following a superseding indictment was unsealed. Amongst other claims, the indictment falsely accused the 68-year-old of secretly having to pay European ex-politicians to lobby for Ukraine’s pro-Russian government in the Oughout. S. without registering. This coterie allegedly was dubbed the “Hapsburg” group by Manafort.

Mueller says the particular individuals Manafort tried to contact — referred to only as “D1” plus “D2” — were “principals of the public-relations company [who] acted as intermediaries between Manafort… co-defendant Richard Gates, and the Hapsburg group. ”

According to Mueller’s request, Manafort tried to make at least three telephone calls and sent at least two encrypted text messages to D1 “in an attempt to secure materially false testimony regarding the activities of the Hapsburg group. inch Specifically, Manafort allegedly told Individual D1 on Feb. 26, “We should talk. I have made clear that will [the Hapsburg group] worked within Europe. ”

The message was with a link to a Business Insider story using the headline: “Former European leaders find it difficult to explain themselves after Mueller statements Paul Manafort paid them to reception for Ukraine. ”

The document declared that D1 was trying to avoid connection with Manafort and “understood Manafort’s outreach to be an effort to ‘suborn perjury'” because he believed from his encounter that the Hapsburg Group lobbied in the usa and knew that Manafort understood that as well.

The documents added that the longtime Manafort associate, referred to as “Person A, ” tried to contact D2 in the days after the superseding indictment was unsealed.

In earlier filings, Individual A has referred to Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime Manafort associate who else prosecutors have said has connections to Russian intelligence.

“My friend G is trying to reach [Person D1] to brief him on what’ s going on, ” Person The texted Person D2 on February. 28, adding: “Basically P desires to give him a quick summary that he states to everybody (which is true) that our friends never lobbied within the U. S., and the purpose of this program was EU. ”

Mueller adds Individual A messaged Person D2 once again in April to ask for help linking Manafort with Person D1.

“I attempted [Person D1] on just about all numbers, ” Person A mentioned, according to the documents.

According to the documents, Person D2 told investigators that Manafort desired him and Person D1 in order to “relay a message to the Hapsburg team: if the members of the Hapsburg team were contacted by anyone, they need to say that their lobbying and pr work was exclusively in European countries. ”

The special counsel says Manafort’s actions violate federal law, and so violate the terms of their pretrial release.

Manafort faces multiple criminal offence charges in two federal instances, including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy theory to launder money, failing to join up as an agent of a foreign primary, giving false and misleading International Agents Registration Act statements plus providing other false statements.

He has pleaded not guilty.

The Associated Press led to this report.