United States judge sends Trump's ex-aide Manafort to jail, pending trial

18 June, 2018, 12:01 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Donald Trump aides contacted Russian officials

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

The judge was placed under arrest Paul Manafort, the former head of the electoral headquarters of the candidate in USA presidents D. trump, because he tried to contact witnesses in the case.

In issuing her ruling, Jackson said she had struggled with the decision to jail Manafort while he awaits trial and considered alternatives.

Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, filed new obstruction of justice charges against Manafort last week.

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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"You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago", U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Manafort.

'This is not middle school.

Manafort, 69, had been under house detention while awaiting trial later this year in Washington and in Virginia.

"I have no appetite for this", she said. Legal experts told ABC News this week that Mueller's pressure on Manafort is likely an effort to persuade him to cut a deal for leniency in exchange for testimony about others, possibly including President Trump. Mueller's team has said that Kilimnik has ties to Russian intelligence agencies, a claim he has previously denied.

Trump said it was unfair to send Manafort to jail.

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After Manafort allegedly tried to contact witnesses in his upcoming trial for conspiracy and money laundering, a judge revoked Manafort's bail Friday.

Andres replied that "it's inconceivable that [Manafort] doesn't know that they're potential witnesses".

Mueller insists Manafort's case falls within his jurisdiction because of his connection with both the Trump campaign and to officials in Russian Federation and Ukraine.

The judge said sending Manafort to a cell was "an extraordinarily hard decision" but said his conduct - allegedly conspiring to contact witnesses in the case in an effort to get them to lie to investigators - left her little choice.

Manafort has repeatedly declared his intention to fight the charges in both jurisdictions, with his lawyers saying that he is being wrongly prosecuted for financial activities that have nothing to do with collusion to affect the election.

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Mueller´s filing said he may also introduce evidence showing that Manafort falsely represented business expenses on his tax returns and that Manafort, his business partner Richard Gates and Kilimnik structured loans between Cypriot companies they controlled to avoid recognizing those funds as taxable income. 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 of the documents was a 2013 memo from Manafort to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

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