Mueller's team accuses Manafort of witness tampering

U.S. President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a motions hearing regarding evidence in his case at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2018. The contacts occurred while Manafort is under house arrest.

Manafort messaged and called one of the witnesses the day after his co-defendant and business partner, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty and continued reaching out over the next several days, according to a sworn affidavit filed by an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in the case.

Prosecutors said Mr Manafort has broken violations of his release while he awaits trial. Trump accuses DOJ, Mueller's office of "leaking" his attorneys' letters MORE attempted to tamper with a potential witness while on pretrial release.

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According to the documents, Person D2 told investigators that Manafort wanted him and Person D1 to "relay a message to the Hapsburg group: if the members of the Hapsburg group were contacted by anyone, they should say that their lobbying and public relations work was exclusively in Europe". Manafort sought to "secure materially false testimony concerning the activities of" an influential group of European leaders, called the Hapsburg group, that Manafort once used to lobby on behalf of Ukraine, the prosecutors say. The individual then hung up "because he was concerned about the outreach", according to the affidavit. "We should talk. I have made clear that they worked in Europe", Manafort's text said.

Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were indicted in February for tax and bank fraud crimes and laundering payments from overseas. He has pleaded not guilty.

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