Judge rebukes Manafort, sends him behind bars

Last week Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted Manafort on a new charge of witness tampering and had asked for his bail to be revoked

Last week Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted Manafort on a new charge of witness tampering and had asked for his bail to be revoked

On Friday, a judge ordered that Manafort's bail be revoked and he be sent to jail as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation lodged new charges of witness tampering against Manafort. Rather, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jacksona revoked Manafort's bail after he was accused of tampering with witnesses in the case against him.

According to reports, two witnesses reported to Mueller that Manafort had attempted to influence their testimony. "The government takes the position that there are no conditions that rebut the finding that Manafort is a danger to the community", Andres argued.

Manafort pleaded not guilty to the latest indictment on Friday.

Last week Manafort, who has been charged with a number of federal crimes by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was accused by prosecutors of violating his house arrest agreement and indicted for a third time after engaging in efforts to intimidate witnesses in the case.

Manafort had been on home confinement in Alexandria, Virginia, and required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

He has also pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Before Friday, Manafort had been largely confined to his home, tethered to two Global Positioning System ankle monitors while awaiting a trial set for the early fall.

It was not immediately clear where Manafort will be held, but any jail cell represents a significant downgrade. The charges do not relate to his work on the Trump campaign or involve allegations of Russian election interference.

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"Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns", Trump tweeted Friday afternoon, just before turning his attention to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and Hillary Clinton.

Manafort's attorneys said the charges were based on the "thinnest of evidence". "This is not middle school", she said.

Jackson's ruling came in response to an indictment handed up last week charging Manafort, and longtime associate Konstantin Kilimnik, with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, adding to the multiple felony counts he already faced.

Manafort turned around briefly to wave to his wife in the front row before heading out a door at the back of the crowded courtroom, court witnesses said. "I have no appetite for this".

Mr Trump said Mr Manafort worked for him for "a very short period of time".

He faces charges of tax fraud, money laundering, and illegal lobbying.

Mr Manafort's lawyers have accused prosecutors of conjuring a "sinister plot" out of "innocuous" contacts. "And I don't think it's right", he said.

The new indictment charged Manafort and Kilimnik with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice related to contacts they had with two witnesses earlier this year. And of all the Trump campaign officials, Manafort has the most known personal and business connections to Russian Federation.

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