In a superseding indictment, the prosecutors claimed that Mr. Manafort and a close associate, Konstantin V. Kilimnik, had contacted the two witnesses this year, hoping to persuade them to testify that Mr. Manafort had never lobbied in the United States for Viktor F. Yanukovych, the pro-Moscow president of Ukraine who fled to Russian Federation in 2014 after a popular uprising. “And some people say, “he lied” and some people say, ‘he didn’t lie.’ Really it turned out maybe he didn’t lie”, he told reporters. During her job interview in the summer of 1985, she promised Manafort “there was no place I wouldn’t go”.
“Manafort is the most likely figure to have had other contact with Russian-related figures …”
“This hearing is not about politics”.
Gates reached a plea deal in February and agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation.
“I can not turn a blind eye to these allegations”, Jackson said, according to BuzzFeed News. “I am concerned you seem to treat these proceedings as just another marketing exercise”, the judge said sternly, before announcing she was revoking the house arrest he was placed under last October. Before he disappeared through the door, he turned toward his wife and supporters and gave a stilted wave.
Manafort violated his bail terms for alleged witness tampering, a federal judge ruled.
Mr. Manafort, who was a top official in President Trump’s campaign, has been accused of money laundering and working as a foreign agent without reporting it to US authorities. Manafort has also been charged with crimes after his time in Trump’s campaign, including in recent months.
“Trump doesn’t have the luxury of waiting to see what happens with Manafort’s trial, because Manafort is likely weighing whether to flip as we speak”, Cramer said. “I feel badly for some people, because they’ve gone back 12 years to find things about somebody, and I don’t think it’s right”.
The move dramatically ratchets up pressure on Manafort, 69, as Mueller continues to investigate whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
When Manafort was out on supervised release, Trump might have been faced with whether to pardon him following his trial. In December, they accused him of violating a court’s gag order by helping ghostwrite an op-ed piece defending his work in Ukraine for an English-language newspaper in Kiev.
But a witness-tampering charge bears far more weight with judges, legal experts say, because it could show a defendant’s willingness to interfere with the administration of justice.
Federal prosecutor Greg Andres also alleged in court that Manafort used a practice called “foldering” to secretly exchange emails.
Defense attorneys said revocation of bail would be very harsh. But it was Manafort who was headed to jail as a judge revoked his bail amid new charges in the Russian Federation probe.
Andres replied that “it’s inconceivable that [Manafort] doesn’t know that they’re potential witnesses”.
The response added that it was not a crime for Mr Manafort “to communicate his view to others, especially when he is not aware of who the Special Counsel may call as witnesses”. He pleaded not guilty. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, which also include obstruction of justice. One document was a 2013 memo from Manafort to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort’s efforts, which amounted to “obstruction” according to Mueller’s office, included contacting witnesses via encrypted messaging. Mueller’s team has said that Kilimnik has ties to Russian intelligence agencies, a claim he has denied.
The witnesses at issue in Monday’s court filing relate to allegations that Mr. Manafort secretly retained a group of former European officials to act as lobbyists on issues related to Ukraine.
One possible advantage is that the draft emails are unlikely to pass unencrypted through third-party servers or cables that agencies like the National Security Agency could tap.