Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Former Trump campaign chief sent to jail after bail revoked

Former Trump campaign chief sent to jail after bail revoked

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has had his bail revoked by a Washington DC judge and has been ordered to jail pending trial.

Earlier Friday, federal prosecutors representing Russian Federation special counsel Robert Mueller and Manafort's attorneys clashed in court, with prosecutors arguing that the former Trump aide deserves to be jailed for "committing a crime while on bail".

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

Manafort's legal defense fund asked in a Twitter post, "Why is he the target of a partisan investigation?" echoing a theme of Trump and his supporters that the Mueller inquiry is a political witch hunt.

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.

"What you'll really see is you'll see bias against me and millions and tens of millions of my followers", Mr. Trump said. "This is not the first time we've had to talk about him skating close to the line".

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

According to Mr Mueller's motion, Mr Manafort tried to reach witnesses who could be called to testify about unlawful lobbying that he allegedly carried out on behalf of Ukraine's previous pro-Russian government.

Manafort pleaded not guilty to the latest indictment on Friday.

On Friday, Manafort lawyer Richard Westling said his client had "largely" complied with Jackson's orders.

Person D1, Andres said, quickly hung up the phone on Manafort while he was still talking and later contacted the Special Counsel's office. "It is about the defendant's alleged conduct".

When the ruling was handed down, Manafort reportedly nodded to his attorney, was taken into custody and gave a wave to his wife as he was escorted out of the courtroom. The judge denied the request. Manafort is accused of money laundering, as well as tax and bank fraud charges.

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"The harm in this case is harm to the administration of justice and harm to the integrity of the court's system", the report quoted Berman Jackson as telling Manafort in court.

Mueller last week charged him with witness tampering in the case.

The government alleges that the offenses are part of a complex financial conspiracy led by Manafort and aided by Rick Gates, Trump's deputy campaign chairman, and Manafort's right-hand man, Kilimnik, who has been linked to Russian intelligence.

Jackson, the judge, declined to punish Manafort then but warned she would probably consider similar actions in the future as a violation. It's one thing to intellectually wrap your mind around going to jail for a decade.

Mr. Manafort is charged with failing to disclose those lobbying efforts to the Justice Department, as required, and with lying to department officials who questioned him. He will stay in jail until the end of his trials, which are now scheduled for late August and September.

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