(National Sentinel)Â Busted: On Monday Deep State copÂ Robert Mueller raided the iCloud account of Paul Manafort, claiming that theÂ former Trump campaign manager has beenÂ tampering with potential witnesses.
He wants ManafortÂ behind bars.
But some see this sudden move as aÂ deflection as FBI counterintelligence official Bill Priestap prepares to testify on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who has been indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, attempted to tamper with potential witnesses, Mueller said in a court filing on Monday.
Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, 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.
Manafort was released to home confinement after his arraignment in October.
Mueller has indicted Manafort in federal courts in Virginia and Washington, D.C., with an array of allegations from money-laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent, to bank and tax fraud. Manafort has pleaded not guilty.
FBI Special Agent Brock Domin, in a declaration filed with Mueller’s motion, said Manafort had attempted to call, text and send encrypted messages in February to two people from “The Hapsburg Group,” a firm he worked with to promote the interests of Ukraine.
The FBI has documents and statements from the two people, as well as telephone records and documents recovered through a search of Manafort’s iCloud account showing that Trump’s former campaign manager attempted communication while he was out on bail, according to Domin.
We’ll see how all this turns out.
Mueller has slithered for decades in the stinky, fetid waters of the D.C. Swamp POTUS Trump is attempting to drain. He knows how the game is played. He may simply be attempting to break Manafort financially like he’s managed to break Michael Flynn and others.
As federal courts continue to rule on Manafort’s motions to dismiss, this will get interesting.
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