Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort sent to jail ahead of trial

Charlene Craig
June 17, 2018

Others joined in speculation whether Paul Manafort would now have the motivation to flip on Trump, especially given what looks to be increasingly aggressive tactics from Robert Mueller to put the squeeze on Donald Trump's former campaign manager.

President Donald Trump is weighing in on a judge's decision to jail his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort while he awaits trial.

He was booked into the Northern Neck Regional Jail at 8:22 p.m. ET Friday night.

Manafort was booked into the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia.

The revocation of Manafort's bail was a fresh sign of the looming collision course between Mueller and Trump, with the White House increasingly anxious that the president could face obstruction of justice charges and an impeachment effort in Congress.

Besides violating laws on disclosure of lobbying on behalf of foreign interests, the government has accused Manafort of laundering more than $30 million in income he received over a nine-year period for lobbying for Yanukovych and his political allies.

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"Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time", the president told reporters. His trial for the Washington case is set for September, but he has another trial scheduled in Virginia for related charges in July.

Jackson said she had no way to stop Manafort from contacting people while he's out on bail. "I can't take his cellphone", she said, noting that if she listed 56 witnesses, she couldn't be certain he wouldn't contact the 57th.

But after a hearing in federal court in Washington, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Manafort locked up. The distinction matters because unregistered foreign lobbying in the USA is a crime, while lobbying exclusively in Europe would be outside the special counsel's jurisdiction.

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

The messages suggested that Manafort was seeking to have Friedman confirm that the campaign he worked on to polish the image of Ukraine and its then-president Viktor Yanukovych was focused on Europe.

A federal grand jury indicted Mr Manafort and longtime associate Konstantin Kilimnik last week on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, adding to the multiple felony counts he already faced.

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He referred to Comey and other senior FBI officials as "the scum at the top" of the bureau and as "total thieves".

Manafort's initial indictment stemmed from work that he did before he joined the Trump campaign.

It was not immediately clear when Mr Manafort would be imprisoned or where.

New evidence of communication practices were introduced by one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's attorneys to help seal Manafort's fate until trial in D.C. In light of the judge's ruling, it appears these were persuasive.

Defense attorneys argued that Manafort had been ignorant about who the witnesses in his trial were.

None of the charges against them relate to alleged collusion with Russian Federation. Andres said the witness told Manafort that he couldn't talk and hung up.

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