The Wall Street Journal: Manafort attempted to tamper with witnesses, Mueller claims

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WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of trying to tamper with potential witnesses in the criminal lobbying case he faces in Washington.

In a court filing late Monday, Mueller’s office sought to revoke Manafort’s release before his trial, saying he had tried to communicate with two contacts who had worked with him on a project at issue in the case. The specific allegations involve Manafort’s dealings with “former senior European politicians” who allegedly worked with Manafort to secretly act as paid lobbyists for Ukraine.

That contact with the witness violated the conditions the court laid out for Manafort’s release from jail while his case remains pending, the special counsel prosecutors said as they asked for the judge to hold a hearing on the issue.

After his October arrest, Manafort was released from custody on a $10 million bond and subject to home confinement. He hasn’t yet satisfied the financial conditions of the bond.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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