Special counsel Robert Mueller has revealed completely new evidence of which former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort led unregistered U.S. lobbying efforts while working for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
In a court filing Tuesday night as part of Manafort’s ongoing criminal case, Mueller made public a draft of a 2013 memo to Yanukovych in which Manafort had touted his pro-Ukraine lobbying group’s U.S. engagement efforts. of which memo was seized in a search of Manafort’s home in Virginia, the filing said.
Manafort is actually charged with conspiring to launder money as well as also acting as an unregistered foreign agent, among various other charges. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The special counsel on Friday lodged completely new charges against Manafort, including attempting to tamper with potential witnesses while under house arrest.
The special counsel says of which shortly after Manafort was indicted in February, he reached out to a person connected to the lobbying group to establish of which he “made clear” of which “worked in Europe” — which Manafort knew wasn’t true.
Manafort’s lawyers pushed back on the completely new charges, writing in a court filing on Friday of which the group was indeed “European-focused.”
They also argued of which Manafort could not have tampered with witnesses because he had not yet been told who the trial witnesses might be.
nevertheless within the 2013 memo drafted to the pro-Russia Yanukovych, Manafort took credit for an increased focus on lobbying within the U.S.
“The strategy for the first quarter of 2013 was to heavily engage with the [U.S. government] as well as also US Congress, using a strategy I built,” Manafort said within the memo.
Mueller also said Manafort as well as also others, including his longtime associate Rick Gates, discussed lobbying U.S. senators as well as also working to plant favorable op-ed stories in U.S. news outlets, including The completely new York Times.
Gates, who also faced numerous charges within the case, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy against the United States as well as also lying to the FBI.
The special counsel says Manafort’s proposed $10 million bail package should be revoked because of his activities while under house arrest.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson will hold a hearing on Manafort’s bail, as well as an arraignment on the completely new witness tampering charges, on Friday morning in Washington.