Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Mueller Accuses Manafort of Attempting to Tamper With Witnesses

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Faye Gross | 05 June, 2018, 18:19

According to the court filing, Manafort began messaging and calling one of the witnesses in February shortly after a federal grand jury in Washington returned a superseding indictment against him that included allegations of unregistered lobbying related to the Hapsburg Group. He is facing charges of tax fraud and money laundering.

Former House Speaker and Trump ally Newt Gingrich warned President Trump against pardoning himself should special counsel Robert Mueller pursue charges in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, telling "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday that it would be an "arrogant statement of power" if he did so.

Apart from Manafort, an associate of his, who is not named in the court papers, also tried to contact the witnesses. Those two people had previously assisted lobbying and public relations efforts that Manafort masterminded in the U.S. and Europe. They also said an associate of Manafort's tried to contact a potential witness a few times. Through the app, Manafort sent a link to Business Insider story titled "Former European leaders struggle to explain themselves after Mueller claims Paul Manafort paid them to lobby for Ukraine". In Monday night's filing, prosecutors attached several emails and schedules from 2011 to 2013 about the Hapsburg group's meetings in the United States with members of Congress. Those charges had revealed for the first time the existence of the Hapsburg group and its efforts in the US.

Gates pleaded guilty in February to two counts of conspiracy and making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

If the judge believes Manafort attempted to interfere with witnesses, they will likely be less lenient toward the defense team, particularly when it comes to potentially close calls in a criminal trial, Whiting added, which could prove disastrous for the former Trump campaign chairman.

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Canada sent 84 percent of its steel exports, worth C$9 billion ($6.97 billion), south past year , according to Statistics Canada. He welcomed the EU's decision to take the matter to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), but said it could be hard for it to act.


Domin's noted that Manafort attempted to contact the two people between February and April via phone, text, and encrypted message.

An associate of Manafort reached out to one of the witnesses to inform the person that "My friend P is trying to reach (a witness) to brief him on what's going on".

Kilimnik, who has denied having connections to Russian intelligence agencies, was also involved in the ghostwritten op-ed matter, which prosecutors also connect to Person A in the latest filing. "How are you? Hope you are doing fine" and a wink emoji.

Manafort called Person D1 and sent him encrypted WhatsApp messages, while his associate reached out to Person D1 and Person D2 through a mix of encrypted WhatsApp and Telegram messages, according to court documents.

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