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    Mueller accuses Manafort of witness tampering

    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Monday accused Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump, of tampering with witnesses ahead of his upcoming trial on charges involving illegal lobbying work.

    In an 18-page motion filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, Mueller's prosecutors called for an immediate hearing to determine whether Manafort and another, unidentified person repeatedly contacted two other unnamed people by phone and encrypted text messages “in an effort to secure materially false testimony” concerning the activities at the center of February’s superseding indictment.

    Backed by an affidavit from FBI special agent Brock Domin who has been working on the Manafort case, Mueller’s office said Manafort and one of his longtime associates — described as “Person A” — tried in the wake of the Trump official’s indictment to contact other members of the so-called Hapsburg Group, a collection of former senior European politicians who were working with Manafort and covertly promoting Ukrainian interests in Washington.

    After the superseding indictment’s public disclosure on Feb. 23, one of the people whom Manafort tried to call “sought to avoid Manafort” and “ended the call,” according to the affidavit. Manafort tried again with an encrypted text message, stating, “This is paul.” Two days later came another text with a news article describing the allegations and another message: “We should talk. I have made clear that they worked in Europe.”

    Phone records obtained by Mueller’s office show that Manafort spoke briefly with the person on Feb. 24 and he then tried again on Feb. 25 and Feb. 27.

    Mueller’s office also said that Person A, who has been previously identified as Konstantin Kilimnik, a Kiev-based operative believed to have Russian intelligence ties, separately tried to contact another member of the Hapsburg Group, described as Person D1, via encrypted text messages in an attempt to explain that Manafort was trying to reach him. To reach Person D1, though, Person A went through another unidentified individual, Person D2, who has told Mueller‘s team he handled press strategy for the Hapsburg Group.

    “Basically P wants to give him a quick summary that he says to everybody (which is true) that our friends never lobbied in the US, and the purpose of the program was EU,” Person A said in one of the text messages Person D2.
    According to the FBI affidavit, Person A tried to reach Person D2 again with another encrypted application four hours later. And one month later, Person A tried to reach out directly to Person D1.

    In an interview with federal prosecutors, Person D1 told the government that they “understood Manafort’s messages to be an effort to ‘suborn perjury’ by influencing Person D1’s potential statements,” the FBI affidavit said.

    “Person D1 well knew and believed from frequent interactions with its members that the Hapsburg group in fact lobbied in the United States, and that Manafort and Person A knew that fact,” the affidavit added.

    Mueller accused Manafort in February of secretly hiring the “SUPER VIP” group known as the Hapsburg Group as part of his lobbying campaign conducted on behalf of the Ukrainian president at the time, Viktor Yanukovych.
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    Manafort seems to be a super classy individual.

    Pete (wonders if he gets pardoned too)

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    Judge Orders Manafort Jailed Before Trial, Citing New Obstruction Charges

    A federal judge revoked Paul Manafort’s bail and sent him to jail on Friday to await trial, citing new charges that Mr. Manafort had tried to influence the testimony of two of the government’s witnesses after he had been granted bail.

    Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, had been allowed to post a $10 million bond and remain at home while awaiting his September trial on a host of charges, including money laundering and false statements.

    But last week, prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, filed two new counts of obstruction of justice against Mr. Manafort and asked that his bail be revoked — or that at least the conditions be revised — because he had committed new crimes.

    In a superseding indictment, the prosecutors claimed that Mr. Manafort and a close associate, Konstantin V. Kilimnik, had contacted the two witnesses this year, hoping to persuade them to testify that Mr. Manafort had never lobbied in the United States for Viktor F. Yanukovych, the pro-Moscow president of Ukraine who fled to Russia in 2014 after a popular uprising.
    "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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    You know...the best case scenario for our President is that he's the type of idiot that lets people like this close to him.

    Pete (suspects the truth is worse than that)

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    He lets people like this close to him and he makes a habit of tearing up every piece of paper that touches his hands.
    For every ailment under the sun - There is a remedy, or there is none;
    If there be one, try to find it; If there be none, never mind it. -- Mother Goose

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    Quote Originally Posted by dusty View Post
    He lets people like this close to him and he makes a habit of tearing up every piece of paper that touches his hands.
    ...And, even though he's legally obligated not to tear them up, he keeps doing it anyway.

    Pete (still can't believe this is happening)


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