President Trump's former campaign chairman going to jail

by Abel Hampton June 18, 2018, 4:16
President Trump's former campaign chairman going to jail

A federal judge on Friday ordered Paul Manafort to be held in jail pending his September trial, landing a significant legal blow to the former Trump campaign chairman in his battle with the special counsel Robert Mueller.

Manafort, 69, had been under house detention while awaiting trial later this year in Washington and in Virginia.

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.

Donald Trump's former campaign chief was sent to jail on Friday (Jun 15) pending trial on a series of federal charges, as the U.S. president ramped up efforts to discredit the wider probe into possible collusion between his campaign team and Moscow.

He had been confined to that Alexandria, Virginia home since his arrest, and was forced to wear a Global Positioning System monitoring device.

Mr Manafort has been indicted in both Washington and Virginia on a series of mostly financial-related charges, including conspiring to launder money and defraud the United States. But in raising it, Trump also appears to be testing what could be his own defense to criminal charges should they be brought, especially if Paul Manafort flips on him.

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.

Manafort's jailing is perhaps the most significant blow to the former Trump campaign manager - but it's by no means the last.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he believed his former campaign manager Paul Manafort received a tough sentence and wondered why the same hasn't happened for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. "I struggled with this decision", Jackson said. His tenure as chairman saw Trump become the GOP nominee for president.

"You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago", she said.

In one case Mr. Manafort reached out to suggest that he and a witness talk about the details of the investigation, saying he wanted to clear up what he said were inaccuracies.

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

Still, the motion to revoke Manafort's bail package says something about the special counsel. Those charges include conspiracy, tax and bank fraud, failure to register as a foreign agent, and obstruction of justice.

Manafort and his associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, were also set to be arraigned on obstruction charges tied to the witness tampering allegation. His attorneys have argued that Manafort didn't do anything wrong and accused prosecutors of conjuring a "sinister plot" out of "innocuous" contacts with witnesses.

The filings last week, signed by Mueller, alleged that Manafort and Kilimnik "knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly persuade another person...with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding".

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