Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort sent to jail ahead of trial

Paul Manafort sent to jail over witness-tampering charges

Paul Manafort sent to jail over witness-tampering charges

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, will be sent to jail pending trial after special counsel Robert Mueller filed new claims against him for witness tampering and argued that he has violated the terms of his bail.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia, who ordered the incarceration Friday, said she had made a decision to take this step because less drastic measures would have been insufficient.

"Manafort and Kilimnik repeatedly contacted Persons D1 and D2 in an effort to secure materially false testimony", prosecutors alleged in court papers.

He is one of 20 people and three companies already indicted by Mueller, who is investigating whether members of the campaign colluded with Russian Federation during and after the election. Gates, 46, pleaded guilty in February to lying to investigators and agreed to provide information in a cooperation deal with Mueller's team.

No one on the campaign, including Manafort, has been charged with a crime directly related to Russian attempts to sway the election. I mean, could you imagine if they burst into Barack Obama's lawyer's office?

Jackson also flatly rejected claims by Manafort's defense that Mueller's office was being abusive by bringing the alleged tampering to the court's attention, a suggestion she said seemed to be part of a public campaign to sully the Mueller office's reputation.

This week, prosecutors submitted as evidence a four-page memo that Mr. Manafort wrote to Mr. Yanukovych detailing his campaign to convince members of Congress, the State Department and the Western news media that Mr. Yanukovych, who was elected Ukraine's president in 2010, was a champion of democratic reforms.

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President Donald Trump said he is not strongly connected to Manafort, saying he worked for the campaign for "a very short period of time".

Jackson's ruling came in response to an indictment handed up last week charging Manafort, and longtime associate Konstantin Kilimnik, with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, adding to the multiple felony counts he already faced.

The witness tampering allegations, which also resulted in new criminal charges, were enough Friday for him to lose his house arrest privileges.

When Manafort was out on supervised release, Trump might have been faced with whether to pardon him following his trial.

Kilimnik, 48, has previously declined to comment on the allegations and denied being connected to Russian intelligence agencies.

Manafort has maintained his innocence throughout the pretrial process and pleaded not guilty to the latest charges.

Mueller's team said in court filings that between 2006 and 2015, Manafort advised former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, who fled to Russian Federation after the Ukrainian revolution in 2014. Mr. Manafort paid them 2 million euros in 2012 and 2013, according to court documents.

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