Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort held in Virginia jail

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

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

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been sent to jail, after a judge in Washington DC revoked his bail.

Konstantin Kilimnik was recently and newly named along with Manafort in the attempted witness tampering indictment. Manafort is accused of hiding the money earned in Ukraine from the Internal Revenue Service and obtaining fraudulent bank loans.

Jackson said that she "cannot turn a blind eye to this", adding, "You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago". "I can't take away his cellphone", she said.

Manafort turned around briefly to wave to his wife before heading out a door at the back of the crowded courtroom, court witnesses said.

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".

Information for this article was contributed by Sharon LaFraniere of The New York Times; by Spencer S. Hsu, Ellen Nakashima and Devlin Barrett of The Washington Post; and by Chad Day and Ken Thomas of The Associated Press.

Judge jails ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort pending trial, citing obstruction charges
US judge jails Trump's former campaign chief Manafort

The move drastically ratchets up pressure on Manafort as Mueller continues to investigate whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. They said that if the prosecution would reveal who the witnesses are, Manafort could be ordered not to make contact with them. "And he's looking at the rest of his life behind bars".

"Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns", Trump tweeted Friday afternoon, just before turning his attention to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and Hillary Clinton. By the afternoon, however, he appeared to offer a lifeline, noting that his prosecution was "very unfair".

The president has called Mueller's investigation a witch hunt and has denied wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, there is similar speculation that Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen could flip on the president as part of his own criminal investigation.

That may be exactly what Mr Manafort is counting on.

The Virginia indictment, which will go to trial in July, will focus on fraud charges.

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He is accused of laundering more than $30m (£22m) and failing to disclose his lobbying efforts to the Department of Justice.

Mr Mueller, whose investigation has overshadowed Mr Trump's presidency, is investigating whether the president's 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation and whether Mr Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the inquiry.

It is unclear where Manafort will be imprisoned.

Remind me again, why is Manafort on trial? He was first indicted last fall and has remained on home confinement. "The government motion will be granted and the defendant will be detained".

No one on the campaign, including Manafort, has been charged with a crime directly related to Russian attempts to sway the election.

The witnesses told investigators that they "understood" that Manafort was reaching out to influence the testimony, according to court papers.

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The distinction matters because unregistered foreign lobbying in the U.S.is a crime, while lobbying exclusively in Europe would be outside the special counsel's jurisdiction. The perfectly manicured former Trump campaign chair has advised leaders like Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Ukrainian autocrat Viktor Yanukovych.

So far, four former Trump campaign officials have been indicted by Mr Mueller. The former lobbyist, who was Trump's campaign manager for a few months in the summer of 2016, which included the Republican National Convention, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

None of the charges against them relate to alleged collusion with Russian Federation.

While the IG report made nearly no mention of Mueller or any alleged wrongdoing by Trump, the president claimed it "exonerates" him, while his lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Mueller and his team themselves should be investigated.

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