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It appears very clear in the FARA report, further below, that the Hapsburg Group lobbied US politicians. So, how could Manafort lie, or expect others to?
“2. Manafort’s Attempts to Influence Potential Witnesses
On February 23, 2018, the grand jury returned the operative Superseding Indictment of Manafort. Doc. 202. As relevant here, the Superseding Indictment included new allegations concerning a part of Manafort’s lobbying scheme that is alleged to have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), 22 U.S.C. § 611 et seq. Informally referred to by Manafort and his co-conspirators as the “Hapsburg” group, this part of the charged illegal United States lobbying scheme involved the secret retention of a group of former senior European politicians who would act as third-party paid lobbyists for Ukraine. Manafort was alleged to have funneled to the Hapsburg group more than 2 million euros from overseas accounts he controlled. See Superseding Indictment ¶¶ 30–31.
Two individuals who were principals of a public-relations company (Company D) acted as intermediaries between Manafort, Person A, co-defendant Richard Gates, and the Hapsburg group. Those two individuals are described herein as Persons D1 and D2. Manafort, with the assistance of Person A and Gates, managed the work of Persons D1 and D2 on behalf of Ukraine (along with the work of Companies A, B, and C, and others).2 Persons D1 and D2’s work for Manafort, which included their work directing the Hapsburg group, was—from its inception—directed at both the United States and Europe. Manafort himself wrote a June 25, 2011 memorandum to Person D1 describing the goals and deliverables of Persons D1 and D2’s work for Ukraine. Manafort stated that a “goal of the program . . . is to educate western media, expand the media awareness of what is really happening and establish mechanisms to maintain a constant flow of information into Europe and the US,” including “Washington.” Domin Decl. ¶ 6. Similarly, Manafort noted in a “conference call agenda” that one deliverable of Persons D1 and D2’s work would be “Print/electronic media coverage in European [sic] and US,” and that Ukraine’s contract with Persons D1 and D2’s company would “cover the EU and the US.”…
Following the public disclosure of the February 23 Superseding Indictment, Manafort and Person A—who is a longtime associate of Manafort’s—repeatedly contacted Persons D1 and D2 in an effort to secure materially false testimony concerning the activities of the Hapsburg group…” Excerpted from GOVERNMENT’S MOTION TO REVOKE OR REVISE DEFENDANT PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR.’S CURRENT ORDER OF PRETRIAL RELEASE, Case 1:17-cr-00201-ABJ Document 315 Filed 06/04/18 https://www.courthousenews.com/manafort-accused-of-witness-tampering-by-special-counsel/
“European politicians got millions to lobby for pro-Russian government in Ukraine: A new indictment has accused former Trump aide Paul Manafort of paying some €2 million to European politicians to support a pro-Russian government in Ukraine. The lobbying group was led by a “former European chancellor.” Date 24.02.2018. http://www.dw.com/en/european-politicians-got-millions-to-lobby-for-pro-russian-government-in-ukraine/a-42721849 (Emphasis our own.)
Hapsburg Group leader, Gusenbauer, and VP Pence connection to Russian government owned Russian Rails: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/whistle-blower-on-russian-railways-corruption-trump-vp-pence-link-to-russian-railways-2/
Notice Shale oil and gas references above. Russia took Crimea from the Ukraine in 2014, after the pro-Russian government was replaced. Manafort was working for the pro-Russian government in PR: “On February 23, 2012 the Ukraine government announced a tender for shale exploration and development in the Oleska and Yuzovska blocks of western and eastern Ukraine, respectively. Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ENI, and TNK-BP initially responded to the tender. In January 2013, Ukraine awarded the first shale gas PSA , signing with Shell at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Shell’s 50-year PSA permit at Yuzovska in the eastern Dniepr-Donets Basin covers an area of 7,886 km2 and assigns oil and gas rights to all strata to a depth of 10 km, including tight and basin- centered gas. The contract allows for 70% investor recovery and a 16.5% government revenue share….” https://www.eia.gov/analysis/studies/worldshalegas/pdf/Eastern_Europe_BULGARIA_ROMANIA_UKRAINE_2013.pdf