Mueller’s investigative team accuses former Trump campaign chair of witness tampering

There’s a huge difference between the Trump and Clinton probes

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, President Donald Trump trashed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice for not revealing to his campaign that agents were "secretly investigating" his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, during the 2016 election.

Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, asked the judge overseeing the case in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to revoke or revise an order releasing Manafort ahead of his trial. This coterie allegedly was dubbed the "Hapsburg" group by Manafort.

After Manafort's charges were adjusted in DC federal court related to his lobbying work in late February - on the same day Rick Gates pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about the group - Manafort called one of the people's cell phones and texted the person encrypted messages, prosecutors say. Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, after his firing in June, said that Manafort "has been in operational control of the campaign since April 7".

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.

The message was accompanied by a link to a Business Insider story with the headline: "Former European leaders struggle to explain themselves after Mueller claims Paul Manafort paid them to lobby for Ukraine".




In one call, the agent wrote, Manafort said he wanted to give the person a "heads-up about Hapsburg".

The special counsel's office hit Manafort with a 12-count indictment a year ago, which included conspiracy against the United States, tax fraud, and money laundering.

Manafort, 69, has been on home confinement pending trial.

Manafort faces several felony charges in two federal cases.

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