Donald Trump: FBI Should Have Told Me About Paul Manafort

Aaron Brown
June 5, 2018

Federal prosecutors accused former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort of witness tampering late Monday in his tax and lobbying case and asked a federal judge to consider revoking or revising his release pending trial.

The prosecutors argue that they have "little confidence that restrictions short of detention will assure Manafort's compliance" with the court and keep him from committing more crimes before his trial, the filing said. This coterie allegedly was dubbed the "Hapsburg" group by Manafort.

The documents added that a longtime Manafort associate, referred to as "Person A", tried to contact D2 in the days after the superseding indictment was unsealed. "I have made clear that they worked in Europe".

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"My friend P is trying to reach [Person D1] to brief him on what's going on", Person A texted Person D2 on February 28, adding: "Basically P wants to give him a quick summary that he says to everybody (which is true) that our friends never lobbied in the USA, and the objective of the program was European Union". One of those contacts was an encrypted message that outlined Manafort's "summary", prosecutors said, "that the Hapsburg group never lobbied in the United States".

Manafort was released to home confinement after his arraignment in October.

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. But prosecutors say they worked with Manafort in organizing a group of former European officials who lobbied within the USA without registering.

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