President Trump's former campaign chairman going to jail

Former Trump campaign chairman Manafort sent to jail

Judge jails ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort pending trial, citing obstruction charges

Judge Amy Berman Jackson made the decision to revoke Manafort's bail based on accusations of witness tampering after he contacted potential witnesses in his upcoming conspiracy trial.

"I can not turn a blind eye to this allegation", US District Judge Amy Jackson said.

While Paul Manafort is facing charges unrelated to his time at the top of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, his prosecution - and now his pre-trial imprisonment - is widely viewed as a means for the special counsel team to pressure the former Washington power broker to co-operate with the Russian Federation meddling probe.

A federal judge on Friday ordered former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to jail, pending his trial.

Manafort was brought in to the campaign in March of 2016, largely to save Trump, who was then the leading candidate for the Republican nomination, from getting overthrown on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Trump added that Manafort "worked for me for a very short period of time".

Mr Manafort turned around briefly to wave to his wife in the front row before heading out a door at the back of the courtroom, court witnesses said. He will stay in jail until the end of his trials, which are now scheduled for late August and September.

If Mr Manafort is convicted, he faces years in jail.

One important factor that could stand in the way of Manafort striking a plea deal is President Trump's pardon power.

Last week, Mueller charged him in a new indictment with witness tampering, which Manafort pleaded not guilty to on Friday.

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"Well, I feel badly about a lot of them, because I think a lot of it is very unfair", Mr. Trump said.

The revocation of Manafort's bail was a fresh sign of the looming collision course between Mueller and Trump, with the White House increasingly anxious that the president could face obstruction of justice charges and an impeachment effort in Congress.

"This is not middle school", she told lawyers.

This week, prosecutors submitted as evidence a four-page memo that Manafort wrote to Yanukovych detailing his campaign.

Mr Manafort will remain in jail while he awaits trial in both Washington and Virginia over the next few months.

He pleaded not guilty on the charges imposed on him and had been on home confinement in Virginia. Manafort had previously been out on bail on house arrest, but the government requested that his bail be revoked.

There had already been pressure on Paul Manafort to flip on Trump, especially after Manafort's former business partner, Rick Gates, began cooperating with prosecutors earlier this year.

The charges against him in Washington include failing to register as a foreign agent for the pro-Russia Ukrainian government under former President Viktor Yanukovych. Mueller's team has said that Kilimnik has ties to Russian intelligence agencies, a claim he has denied.

Manafort's attorneys claim that Mueller hasn't provided them with a witness list so that they don't know whom Manafort should be forbidden to contact.

Andres summarized what he called "a sustained campaign over a five-week period" by Manafort to reach the two witnesses and influence their testimony.

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