Manafort attempted to tamper with potential witnesses: US special counsel

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President Donald Trump on Sunday lashed out at the Justice Department for not warning him that his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was the subject of investigation by "Comey and the boys".

Trump hired Manafort in March 2016 but he was forced out of the campaign in August, two days after Steve Bannon was hired as campaign CEO.

Manafort is now out on house arrest and a $10 million unsecured bail, and is awaiting a trial in Virginia scheduled for late July and a trial in DC scheduled to begin in September. This coterie allegedly was dubbed the "Hapsburg" group by Manafort.

In a court filing, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller wrote that Manafort and one of his associates "repeatedly" contacted two witnesses in an effort to influence their testimony. Specifically, Manafort allegedly told Person D1 on February 26, "We should talk".

The document said that D1 was trying to avoid contact with Manafort and "understood Manafort's outreach to be an effort to "suborn perjury" because he believed from his experience that the Hapsburg Group lobbied in the United States and knew that Manafort knew that as well.

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Prosecutors said Mr Manafort has broken violations of his release while he awaits trial.

Mueller adds Person A messaged Person D2 again in April to ask for help connecting Manafort with Person D1.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy, money laundering and bank and tax fraud charges in connection with his work for a pro-Russian Ukrainian politician and political party.

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

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