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Judge jails ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort ahead of trial

17 June, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Hearing on alleged witness tampering could send Paul Manafort to jail while he awaits trial

Even though she did not believe Manafort posed a violent threat, she said he met the legal requirement regardless. "If I tell him not to call 56 witnesses, will he call the 57th?"

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.

"This hearing is not about politics".

In any case, that's what special counsel Robert S. Mueller III hopes you're thinking.

Andres also said that Manafort communicated with several people through the practice of giving them access to unsent emails.

"Trump doesn't have the luxury of waiting to see what happens with Manafort's trial, because Manafort is likely weighing whether to flip as we speak", Cramer said. As he approached the courtroom door, he waved to his wife, Kathleen, who nodded to him.

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.

The order to incarcerate Manafort capped a months-long fight over the terms of his bail. Manafort was confined to house arrest and posted a $10 million bond.

It was not immediately clear where Manafort would be jailed. The perfectly manicured former Trump campaign chair has advised leaders like Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Ukrainian autocrat Viktor Yanukovych.

"Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob", Trump wrote, sarcastically.




At an impromptu press conference outside the White House the president also weighed in on a new report by the Inspector General's office, which blasted the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, dismissing the report's conclusion that former FBI Director James Comey was not politically motivated in his actions.

"Paul Manafort, 69 years old, today is the first day of the rest of his life", he said. But Manafort's tenure at Trump campaign was short-lived. However, it's unclear what information the former Trump campaign chief could provide that would interest prosecutors enough to offer significant concessions.

Mueller claims that between February 23 and April of this year, Manafort and Kilimnik tried to persuade witnesses with "intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding". "It would have to be way down the road".

Manafort pleaded not guilty to the charges in the superseding indictment that added the obstruction and conspiracy charges.

Manafort's attorneys have denied the tampering allegations and accused prosecutors of conjuring charges to pressure him to flip his plea and turn against Trump and his associates. His trial in the Washington case is scheduled for September.

Manafort, indicted in both Washington and Virginia on a series of mostly financial-related charges, including defrauding the United States and conspiring to launder money, was sent to jail Friday.

Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt said former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's conduct that led to a judge revoking his bail is "just as rotten as you can imagine". The judge in Virginia ordered Manafort to contact no witnesses, an admonition that Jackson noted. Mueller is accusing Manafort and Kilimnik of tampering with two witnesses.

In court filings, defense lawyers accused Mueller's office of "heavy-handed gamesmanship" and argued text messages and an 84-second phone call were "the thinnest of evidence".

"We learned about it because a witness in this case brought forward information about the tampering". Manafort hasn't been convicted of any crimes or sentenced to prison.

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