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A federal judge scheduled a hearing on June 15 to bail Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman
It is expected that Judge Amy Berman will decide at the hearing whether Manafort will have to go to jail until his trial in connection with the special counseling service Robert Mueller for alleged Russian interference in the detention runs presidential campaign 201
Federal Prosecutor's Office asked Judge Berman to withdraw the bail in an application that was filed on Monday in the US District Court in Washington DC. According to an affidavit by the FBI attached to the motion, Manafort used encrypted news applications in February to reach two unnamed business partners who could be witnesses to his alleged fraud and money laundering. The judge ordered the FBI agent who submitted the statement of the message to appear in court and, if necessary, testify.
Manafort lawyers said they had no immediate comment. Judge Berman has asked Manafort's lawyers to respond to prosecutors' charges by 8 June.
One of the possible witnesses said Manafort's transfer was an attempt to "subdue" perjury or lie to him after a negative indictment was filed against Manafort in February. The denied indictment was filed after his co-defendant, Rick Gates, a former Trump campaigner, pleaded guilty to the plot and lies to Mueller's investigators.
Gates and Manafort were indicted in October in Washington on charges of lucrative lobbying for pro-Ukrainian Ukrainian politicians.
After Gates collaborated with the investigators in February, Manafort pleaded for the unfounded indictment accusing him of secretly recruiting and funding a group of former European politicians to lobby the United States in Ukraine ,
Gates and Manafort helped set up the Habsburg group in 2011 to stay "under the radar" Ukraine while secretly paying millions of euros, according to the government. As a result, the company spread ghostwritten articles in the US media and arranged meetings with members of Congress and the executive, the affidavit said.
Manafort's former son-in-law and business associate, Jeffrey Yohai, pleaded guilty to financial irregularities and agreed to cooperate with other federal investigations that were widely reported to contain Mueller's investigation.