Former Trump campaign chief Manafort going to jail to await trial

Pauline Gross
June 16, 2018

Jackson said in court that she was required to show that Manafort posed a danger before ordering him to stay in jail. That didn't convince Berman, who apparently found the allegations credible enough to revoke Manafort's bail.

The alleged coverup of the lobbying stems from work that prosecutors say Manafort, Kilimnik and others did with former European politicians, referred to informally as the "Hapsburg group", to advocate on Ukraine's behalf to USA and European officials.

Mr Manafort, a well-known Washington lobbyist, asked to post a $10 million bond and end seven months of home detention.

The charges were brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now investigation Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russia.

President Trump decried on Twitter the "tough sentence" handed down to Paul Manafort Friday - an apparent reference to a judge's decision to put the former Trump campaign chairman in jail pending his trial.

Mr Manafort's lawyers said in a response filed with the court that his "limited communications" did not "reflect an intent to corruptly influence a trial witness".

Earlier, Trump lashed out at the entire investigation, labelling it a "ridiculous witch hunt" after a Justice Department watchdog report revealed that several FBI investigators had sent anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 campaign. "Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob", Trump wrote.

Then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016.

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"This will not happen again", Westling said.

Manafort allegedly asked two unnamed individuals who had worked with him on lobbying business, including setting up congressional meetings, to tell investigators that their lobbying work had only happened in Europe, and to get their European contacts on the same page as well.

Manafort is due to go on trial in Washington in September and faces another trial on related charges in Virginia in July.

Mueller's office last week also charged Manafort's longtime Russian confidant, Konstantin Kilimnik, with obstruction. If Manafort really did this, consider it a hard lesson learned. "I can't take away his cell phone", she said. He arrived about 8 the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, 90 miles south of Washington.

The former Trump campaign manager is now confined to his home in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, and forced to wear a Global Positioning System monitoring device.

While other members of Mr Trump's orbit in Mr Mueller's spotlight have admitted guilt to lesser charges, Mr Manafort is one of the few holdouts.

"When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons", Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told the New York Daily News on Friday.

Manafort's new confines create another hurdle in his trial preparations and will make it more hard for him to confer with his counsel and prepare his defense.

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