Former Trump Campaign Manager Jailed Over Witness Tampering Charges

Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort is going to jail

Immediately after the ruling, he was led away to a prisoner holding area, waving to those assembled in the courtroom, CNN reported.

Manafort had been out on $10 million bond and had been wearing an ankle bracelet and under house arrest, but U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson concluded that the violations of his bail warranted incarceration.

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". It's true that this is unusual for cases involving the types of charges against Manafort, but that's because Manafort took the even more unusual step of getting in contact with witnesses, and prosecutors now believe he was corruptly trying to influence their testimony.

She continued: "I have thought long and hard about this". In total, he faces seven criminal charges in DC federal court.

"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. "I need to give you a heads up about Hapsburg".

The existence of such information is far from certain.

Earlier, Trump lashed out at the entire investigation, labelling it a "ridiculous witch hunt" after a Justice Department watchdog report revealed that several FBI investigators had sent anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 campaign.

This week, prosecutors submitted as evidence a four-page memo that Manafort wrote to Yanukovych detailing his campaign.

He was in that meeting in Trump Tower during the campaign, the one that legal experts said may have crossed the line into conspiracy to collude with Russian Federation.

Mueller has been tasked with investigating interactions between Trump associates and Russian officials. Very unfair!' he tweeted.

In the Trump team's telling, the president did not know about the meeting, and the information provided by the Russian lawyer proved useless.

Charlie Gile reported from Washington, and Tracy Connor from NY. Cohen, like Manafort, was the target of an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid that some legal analysts considered heavy-handed.

Already, Mueller has secured the cooperation of Manafort's top business deputy Rick Gates, who also served on Trump's campaign and was associated with Trump's inner circle well after Manafort left the campaign. Yet the president' defense of Manafort was somewhat inauspicious.

Manafort does not actually have a "tough sentence", or any sentence, because he has not been convicted.

Manafort will now have to prepare for two federal trials, one in Washington on September 17 and the other in Virginia on July 25, while locked up in a jail cell.

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