Judge jails ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort ahead of trial

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

Judge jails ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort ahead of trial

"The government's motion is granted".

Manafort also pleaded not guilty to two new charges last week: witness tampering and conspiracy to obstruct justice. But I feel so - I tell you, I feel a little badly about it.

Now he is going to jail, giving special counsel Robert Mueller the maximum possible leverage to flip the longtime political operator against the United States president.

While Jackson said she struggled with the decision, she accused Manafort of treating the proceedings as "just another marketing exercise".

"This was a sustained campaign over a five-week period to use multiple numbers, applications and people", Andres said in court about the witness tampering allegations.

Mr Trump said it was "very unfair" and called it "a tough sentence", although Mr Manafort has not gone on trial yet. As he approached the courtroom door, he waved to his wife, Kathleen, who nodded to him.

His attorney Richard Westling had urged the judge not to send him to jail, saying that it was not required by law and that doing so "will create more challenges for the defense, which already faces trial in two courts". When Manafort was first arraigned and pleaded not guilty back in October, bail was set at $10 million and his passports were confiscated.

President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort arrives for the hearing at a federal court in Washington on Friday. "Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob".

He referred to Comey and other senior FBI officials as "the scum at the top" of the bureau and as "total thieves".

"Paul Manafort, if he does not cooperate, may never ever see the outside of a jail cell".

Sending the 69-year-old Manafort to jail could boost the pressure on him to cut a deal with Mueller, whose main task is to determine whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow on its election meddling efforts.

The messages suggested that Manafort was seeking to have Friedman confirm that the campaign he worked on to polish the image of Ukraine and its then-president Viktor Yanukovych was focused on Europe.

Asked whether he might consider pardoning former aides and advisers, Trump answered, "I don't want to talk about that".

Trump said Manafort, a Washington consultant for decades, worked much more intimately with President Ronald Reagan, Sen. "It would have to be way down the road". Manafort had previously been out on bail on house arrest, but the government requested that his bail be revoked.

That investigation also allows for Mueller to bring charges on other illegal activities discovered during the process that may not be directly connected to Russian interference.

The new indictment came four days after prosecutors said Manafort had tried to contact two witnesses in his money laundering and bank fraud case via Russian fixer Konstantin Kilimnik to persuade them to make certain representations to investigators.

Manafort was originally placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring, but the prosecutors argued that urging Kilimnik to pen an op-ed in a Ukrainian newspaper and contacting the unnamed potential witnesses amounted to violations of his bail conditions. His trial in the Washington case is scheduled for September.

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has concluded there is "panic" surrounding President Donald Trump as speculation grows that former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and personal lawyer Michael Cohen are both likely to "flip" on Trump.

Manafort's attorneys said the charges were based on the "thinnest of evidence".

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