Manafort attempted to tamper with potential witnesses: USA special counsel

President Donald Trump said he wouldn't have hired Paul Manafort as his campaign manger if he had known he was under investigation for his work with Ukraine

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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.

If only there had been same way for the Trump campaign to know that Manafort, a resident of Trump Tower-who'd made his fortune as a political consultant to dictators and had largely been absent from Republican politics for two decades-was involved in some shady business. Among other claims, the indictment accused the 68-year-old of secretly paying European ex-politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine's pro-Russian government in the USA without registering.

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.

The special counsel's office hit Manafort with a 12-count indictment a year ago, which included conspiracy against the United States, tax fraud, and money laundering. "We should talk. I have made clear that they worked in Europe", Manafort's text said.

In earlier filings, Person A has referred to Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime Manafort associate who prosecutors have said has ties to Russian intelligence. Toll records for one of Manafort's phones indicate that Manafort had a short call with Person D1 on February 24, 2018, and that Manafort attempted to call Person D1 again on February 25 and 27, 2018. Id.

Mueller adds Person A messaged Person D2 again in April to ask for help connecting Manafort with Person D1.

Prosecutors said Mr Manafort has broken violations of his release while he awaits trial.

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, has been indicted on a plethora of charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and failure to register as a foreign agent.

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