Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

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Federal prosecutors have accused Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort of attempting to tamper with witnesses in his federal tax and lobbying case.

The communications were an "effort to influence their testimony and to otherwise hide evidence", FBI Special Agent Brock Domin wrote in a declaration filed to court alongside Mr Mueller's motion. A spokesman for Manafort says his client and his lawyers are reviewing the filing. He filed court papers last night that accused Mr Manafort and an associate of "repeatedly" trying to persuade two potential witnesses to lie about the nature of lobbying and public relations work they carried out at Manafort's direction on behalf of Ukraine.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's declaration, the PR worker contacted by Manafort "told the government that [he] understood Manafort's messages to be an effort to "suborn perjury" by influencing [his] potential statements". They also said an associate of Manafort's tried to contact a potential witness a few times.

"There is nothing in the redactions that relates to any of the charges now pending against Manafort or that would be relevant to a challenge to any of the warrants issued based on the affidavits", Berman Jackson wrote.

Earlier Monday, Trump downplayed Manafort's role in his election campaign and complained the FBI should have informed him that his chairman was under investigation.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty.

Spokesmen for Manafort and the special counsel's office declined to comment on the filings.

According to a February indictment, Manafort in 2012 and 2013 used offshore accounts to wire more than 2 million euros to pay the former politicians, who were described as independent actors instead of paid lobbyists.

He said Paul Manafort, 69, had contacted witnesses by phone and encrypted messages, seeking to secure "materially false testimony". They allege it happened shortly after a grand jury returned a new indictment against him, violating the terms of his house arrest.

The former campaign chairman has been charged with money laundering, foreign lobbying violations, conspiracy against the US, and tax fraud, as well as other financial crimes. I think, however, they were doing a number on Trump himself.

"He had long-standing ties to Russia-backed politicians", DOJ attorney Michael Dreeben said about Manafort during a hearing connected to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. But prosecutors say they worked with Manafort in organizing a group of former European officials who lobbied within the United States without registering.

Trump named Manafort head of his campaign in June 2016.

Manafort's legal team disputes Mueller's authority to run the investigation into matters that do not refer to his work on the campaign trail.

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