Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

USA judge sends Manafort to jail pending trial

USA judge sends Manafort to jail pending trial

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort appeared in federal court Friday.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2018.

Manafort will learn whether he must await trial in prison or can remain on house arrest following allegations that he tried to obstruct the Russian Federation inquiry.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked Manafort's bail over claims he was tampering with witnesses in the case against him brought by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

USA TODAY is providing live coverage outside the federal courthouse where Manafort is testifying beginning at 10:00 am ET in the player above.

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In issuing her ruling, Judge Jackson said she had "struggled" with the decision but she could not "turn a blind eye" to his conduct. "This isn't middle school", she said, according to reports from reporters in the courtroom.

He will remain in pretrial detention until a trial in September on charges stemming from his business dealings, including conspiracy and money laundering; he also faces a separate trial in Virginia. I can't take his cell phone, ' she said, while adding that he had 'abused the trust placed in you six months ago'. Prosecutors say Manafort and Kilimnik tried to get the two witnesses to say that lobbying work carried out by clandestinely paid former politicians only occurred in Europe and not the US, a contention the two witnesses said they knew to be false. Prosecutors have previously said Kilimnik has ties to Russian intelligence, which he denies.

"There is a history of deception on behalf of Mr. Manafort in this case", Andres said to the court. During Manafort's hearing, an attorney on the special counsel's team, Greg Andres, characterized Manafort's outreach to possible witnesses as "a sustained campaign", adding that nothing short of jail could prevent Manafort from repeating the alleged infraction. But prosecutors say they were principals in a public relations firm that worked with Manafort in organizing a group of former European officials, known as the Hapsburg group, who promoted Ukrainian interests in Europe as well as the U.S.

Prosecutors argued on Friday that Manafort could continue to engage in alleged criminal activity if he is not jailed.

Paul Manafort was ordered locked up ahead of his two trials for bank fraud and money laundering. Manafort has also pleaded not guilty to those charges. The person believed from his experience that the Hapsburg group lobbied in the United States and knew that Manafort knew that as well, the agent wrote. One document was a 2013 memo from Manafort to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

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