Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, has been accused of trying to tamper with potential witnesses ahead of his trial.
The U.S. Prosecutors have accused him of contact with the potential witnesses of his charges on money laundering and tax fraud case breach.
In court documents, prosecutors working for #Mueller provided evidence of witness tampering that showed Manafort violated the terms of his release while he awaits trial. They asked a federal judge to send #Manafort to jail until trial https://t.co/gvagnWGlUt
— Thomas Bishop (@ThomasB00001) June 5, 2018
Amid the charges brought by the top U.S. prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election 2016, Paul Manafort has denied all the charges.
These allegations against Paul Manafort, however, is not connected with the allegations of collusion with between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign team.
#Manafort update: from Weissmann, c/o #Mueller tonight"
"…there is probable cause to believe that Manafort has violated 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b)(1) by attempting to tamper with potential witnesses in the District of Columbia case while on pretrial release." https://t.co/zoVNAaoeTs
— Brandi Buchman (@BBuchman_CNS) June 5, 2018
The U.S President Donald Trump has consistently denied any collusion with Russia and denounce the investigation as a witch-hunt.
The charges of money laundering and illegal lobbying against the Trump election campaign manager Manafort is due to begin in September.
According to the officials, Mr. Manafort has contacted with the witnesses who would be called out to testify about his illegal lobbying on behalf of Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government and earned tens of millions of dollars.
I'm saying this not an attorney, but just a fairly interested individual…the news about #Manafort if true as likely, shows him not so much being stupid but the sheer arrogance of all those clowns around and including Trump. They just don't think any law applies to them. Period.
— Aaron Taylor (@AThou) June 5, 2018
The FBI Special Agent Brock Domin wrote to the court that the communications with the witnesses were an “effort to influence their testimony and to otherwise conceal evidence.”
Mr. Manafort is now under house arrest.