'Abused the Trust': Judge Sends Manafort to Jail

Bail of former Trump campaign chief is revoked after witness tampering charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 15, 2018 10:59 AM CDT
Updated Jun 15, 2018 11:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump's former campaign chairman is going to jail. Paul Manafort was ordered into custody Friday after a federal judge revoked his house arrest, citing newly filed obstruction of justice charges, reports the AP. The move by US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson came after prosecutors accused Manafort and a longtime associate of witness tampering. “You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago,’’ Berman Jackson told Manafort, who was out on bail and under home detention when the alleged tampering took place. “The government motion will be granted and the defendant will be detained.” It wasn't immediately clear where Manafort would be held, reports the Washington Post.

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Manafort's attorneys have argued that Manafort didn't do anything wrong and accused prosecutors of conjuring a "sinister plot" out of "innocuous" contacts with witnesses. Manafort will remain in jail while he awaits two trials in the next few months. He faces several felony charges related to his Ukrainian political work and money he funneled through offshore accounts. Manafort is the first Trump campaign official to be jailed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, though his charges are not related to the campaign. Earlier Friday, Trump made a point to say that Manafort “worked for me for a very short period of time.” Manafort “has nothing to do with our campaign, but I tell you I feel a little badly about it,” Trump added. “They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago.” (Read more Paul Manafort stories.)

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