Special prosecutor Robert Mueller, today accused Paul Manafort, former campaign chief of Donald Trump, of manipulating witnesses in the case against him for financial crimes.
Prosecutors working for Mueller said in court documents that Manafort has tried to contact potential witnesses in the case by telephone and through an encrypted messaging service.
For the prosecutors, these contacts represent a violation of the conditional freedom that was granted after its delivery back in October 2017, so they asked the judge to revoke the house arrest and send him to jail while awaiting trial.
In the documents presented to the judge, prosecutors reported at least one case of a witness who informed the FBI that Manafort contacted him to discuss his testimony.
Although the trial against Manafort is the product of Mueller’s investigation into the alleged links between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, the crimes alleged against him are not related to his performance as head of campaign between June and August 2016.
According to Mueller’s accusation, Manafort worked between 2006 and 2017 for foreign governments without notifying the US Government as dictated by law.
In fact, Manafort had to resign as Trump’s campaign manager after it was discovered that he had hidden from the authorities a payment of $12.7 million that he received for advising deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (2010-2014).
This Sunday, Trump questioned that the FBI did not inform him that he was investigating Manafort, in that case, If he had known, he would not have hired him for the campaign.
“Being one of the two remaining people who could become president, why did the FBI not or the Department of ‘Justice’ tell me they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (…) during my campaign? They should have told me! “Said Trump.
The trial against Manafort is scheduled for July 24th in the state of Virginia.