Former Trump Campaign Manager Jailed Over Witness Tampering Charges

Paul Manafort

"I have no appetite for this".

But Judge Jackson said she can consider Judge Ellis' order when weighing whether to revoke Mr. Manafort's bail, and that she didn't see any other option than to detain him.

Manafort´s spokesman did not respond to requests for comment on the decision.

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

"Manafort has clearly been of the mindset until now that either through fighting this at a trial and/or through a pardon, he is going to get out of this", says former U.S. Assistant Attorney Mimi Rocah.

"Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort", Trump wrote on Twitter even though Manafort has not been sentenced - he has not been convicted on any of the charges. Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob.

"Very unfair!" Mueller, whose investigation has overshadowed Trump´s presidency, is looking into whether any Trump campaign associates coordinated with Russian Federation and if Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Several members of the Hapsburg group have previously denied the allegations.

Manafort faced arraignment Friday on the obstruction counts and is set for trial in Washington in September over the allegations of secret lobbying.

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None of the filed charges relate to meddling in the 2016 election, but a guilty plea from Manafort would be an enormous coup for Mueller, who has secured indictments against 20 people - from former national security adviser Michael Flynn to employees of a Russian troll farm. He joined the campaign in March 2016, became chair in May and resigned in August 2016.

Trump distanced himself from Manafort on Friday during a free-wheeling discussion with reporters outside the White House that took place before Manafort's bail was revoked.

Kilimnik also reached out to witnesses in April.

Kilimnik, whom US authorities suspect of having ties to Russian intelligence, served as Manafort's point man in Ukraine.

The alleged coverup of the lobbying stems from work that prosecutors say Manafort, Kilimnik and others did with former European politicians, referred to informally as the "Hapsburg group", to advocate on Ukraine's behalf to US and European officials.

Andres replied that "it's inconceivable that he (Manafort) doesn't know that they're potential witnesses".

In addition to the texts and phone calls cited in the government's earlier filing, Andres said one of the witnesses had provided an affidavit through his lawyer about one call from Manafort that was completed. Around that same time, Manafort's co-defendant and longtime business associate, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty and agreed to co-operate with prosecutors.

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