Mueller's team accuses Manafort of attempted witness tampering

05 June, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE said in a court filing on Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMelania Trump to attend event with Gold Star families on Monday US official: North Korea's top military officials replaced Iran urges countries to stand up to Trump's "bullying" on nuke deal MORE's former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortPossibility of Trump pardoning himself sparks GOP pushback Trump: Why didn't FBI, DOJ tell me agents were "secretly investigating" Manafort?

Mueller's team is asking a federal judge to hold a hearing to decide whether to revoke Manafort's release.

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The prosecutors argue that they have "little confidence that restrictions short of detention will assure Manafort's compliance" with the court and keep him from committing more crimes before his trial, the filing said. Manafort stepped down in August of that year after media reports of his dealings with the Ukraine government emerged. This coterie allegedly was dubbed the "Hapsburg" group by Manafort. Another message said, "We should talk". Manafort has been charged with, among other things, conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to launder money.

Court documents do not name Manafort's associate, but they refer to him as "Person A" and note the pseudonym is consistent with previous filings in the case.

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"I tried [Person D1] on all numbers", Person A said, according to the documents. But prosecutors say they worked with Manafort in organising a group of former European officials, known as the Hapsburg Group, who promoted Ukrainian interests in Europe as well as the US.

The special counsel says Manafort's actions violate federal law, and therefore violate the terms of his pretrial release.

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Prosecutors also filed notice of the allegation in Manafort's pending tax and bank fraud case in federal court in Alexandria, where Manafort is under under similar conditions of conditional home cinfinement.

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