President Donald Trump’s former marketing campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who has been indicted by U.S. Particular Counsel Robert Mueller, tried to tamper with potential witnesses, Mueller mentioned in a court docket submitting Monday.
Mueller, who’s investigating potential collusion between the Trump marketing campaign and Russia, requested the choose overseeing the case in U.S. District Court docket for the District of Columbia to revoke or revise an order releasing Manafort forward of his trial.
Manafort was launched to residence 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 cash laundering and failing to register as a international agent, to financial institution and tax fraud. Manafort has pleaded not responsible.
FBI Particular Agent Brock Domin, in a declaration filed with Mueller’s movement, mentioned Manafort had tried to name, textual content and ship encrypted messages in February to 2 folks from “The Hapsburg Group,” a agency he labored with to advertise the pursuits of Ukraine.
The FBI has paperwork and statements from the 2 folks, in addition to phone data and paperwork recovered by means of a search of Manafort’s iCloud account displaying that Trump’s former marketing campaign supervisor tried communication whereas he was out on bail, in accordance with Domin.
The communications have been “in an effort to affect their testimony and to in any other case conceal proof,” Domin wrote. “The investigation into this matter is ongoing.”
Manafort is probably the most senior member of Trump’s marketing campaign to be indicted, although the costs don’t relate to marketing campaign actions.
Trump has denied collusion with Russia and known as Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt.”