Ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort sent to jail

17 June, 2018, 22:06 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Paul Manafort sent to jail over witness-tampering charges

"One of those is cooperating with Mueller and finding a way to help him complete his investigation", he said. And he reached new heights of power in 2016, when he gained a top position in US President Donald Trump's campaign. They filed a memo written by one of the witnesses for Mr Manafort that his lawyers say shows the work of the group, known as the Hapsburg group, was European focused.

Mr Manafort is now confined to his home in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, and forced to wear a Global Positioning System monitoring device.

Berman Jackson ruled Friday that Manafort will have to go to jail until his trial for alleged money laundering and acting as an unregistered foreign agent related to work he did for the Ukrainian government.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that there was no way to restrain Manafort from contacting people if he remained on bail.

His trial on the related charges in Virginia is set for next month.

Kilimnik worked with Manafort in Ukraine during that time, and during the 2016 election they were reportedly in regular contact.

Two weeks earlier, special counsel Robert Mueller lobbed new accusations of witness tampering against Manafort.

Jackson indicated as much during Friday's hearing.

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"You've abused the trust placed in you", she said.

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. "It is about the defendant's conduct".

"Manafort did this to himself", Cramer said. He was sitting in jail because that's what made him crack and cooperate'. "It's another thing to stare that square in the eye, which is what Manafort's doing tonight". Trump used similar language - focusing on "unfair" or targeted prosecution - when offering pardons to some political allies, including conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza. Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, also attended.

The latest charges increased Manafort's legal jeopardy if he continues an aggressive battle with prosecutors, and could be an effort by Mueller to induce a guilty plea and secure the testimony of a critical campaign adviser to Trump.

Remind me again, why is Manafort on trial?

That timeline has now moved up.

Manafort, the first Trump campaign official to be jailed as a result of the Mueller probe, gave a brief wave and was led away from the courtroom by U.S. Marshals, who transferred his personal possessions over to his wife. Chuck Todd and Pete Williams speculate that this could force Manafort to flip on Trump, but that's a pretty weak speculation.

Noting Manafort's age, Akerman added: 'And here it could be even worse.

Prosecutors alleged that by committing a new crime while on release, Manafort violated the terms of his home confinement in Alexandria, Virginia, and they asked the judge to revoke or revise it.


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