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Mueller accuses Paul Manafort of witness tampering

canada goose uk outlet Federal prosecutors accused former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort of witness tampering late Monday in his criminal case and asked a federal judge to consider revoking or revising his release. canada goose uk outlet

Prosecutors accused Manafort and a canada goose outlet in vancouver longtime associate they linked to Russian intelligence of repeatedly contacting two members of a public relations firm and asking them to falsely testify about secret lobbying they did at Manafort’s behest.

The firm of former senior European officials, informally called the “Hapsburg group,” was secretly retained in canada goose premium outlet 2012 by Manafort to advocate for Ukraine, where Manafort had clients, prosecutors charged.

In court documents, prosecutors with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III allege that Manafort and his associate referred to only as Person A tried to contact the two witnesses by phone and through encrypted messaging apps. The description of Person A matches his longtime business colleague in Ukraine, Konstantin Kilimnik.

Manafort, 69, has been on home confinement pending trial.

FBI agent Brock W. Domin said that canada goose jacket outlet one of the public relations firm’s executives identified as Person D1 told the government he “understood Manafort’s outreach to be an canada goose uk effort to ‘suborn perjury'” by encouraging others to lie to federal investigators by concealing the firm’s canada goose outlet las vegas work in the United States.

Spokesmen for Manafort and the special counsel’s office, who are under a court gag order in the case, declined to comment.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, money laundering, and tax and bank fraud charges related to his lobbying work for a pro Russian political party in Ukraine and former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

The filings mark the second time prosecutors have complained to the judge about Manafort’s behavior awaiting trial. Early in the case, after he was released to his home, the investigators said they intercepted emails showing Manafort helped write an opinion piece defending his actions that ran in Ukrainian publications.

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Many white collar prosecutions are built by charging people lower down in an organization and then “flipping” those defendants canada goose outlet store near me into prosecution witnesses to get leniency in their sentencing. Manafort has repeatedly declared his intention to fight the charges against him, but it wasn’t immediately clear Monday night whether the renewed prospect of going to jail would alter his legal strategy.

canada goose clearance sale Manafort’s potential value as a prosecution witness is unclear, but as Trump’s former campaign chairman he participated in multiple high level discussions within the campaign that are of great interest to investigators. canada goose clearance sale

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canada goose black friday sale Monday’s court filing highlighted anew the role of “Person A,” whom prosecutors did not name but described in detail in related cases. The description matches Kilimnik, the Russian manager of Manafort’s lobbying office for 10 years in Ukraine. canada goose black friday sale

Canada Goose online A Russian citizen born in Ukraine, Kilimnik canada goose outlet worked for Manafort in Kiev first as a translator and later as the in country operator of Manafort’s operations. He continued to serve as a close Manafort associate during the months Manafort worked for President Trump’s campaign, including visiting Manafort in person in New York in May and August 2016. Canada Goose online

He is a Russian army veteran who trained at a language school that experts say is recruiting ground for a Russian intelligence agency. Kilimnik has denied having intelligence ties.

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During his August 2016 meeting with Kilimnik, Manafort has said he and his longtime Kiev office manager discussed, among other topics, the ongoing campaign, including the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails. Stolen DNC emails had been released by WikiLeaks the previous month, and the hack was widely suspected to be the work of Russia.

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