Former Donald Trump Campaign Guru Paul Manafort Headed To Hoosegow

Sergio Conner
June 16, 2018

Trump said Friday that he felt bad for Manafort and believes he is being treated unfairly.

It was not immediately clear when Mr Manafort would be imprisoned or where. "It is about the defendant's conduct", Jackson said.

Who was Manafort accused of contacting?

In essence, that means that Manafort and others would create, edit, and later delete email messages in the draft folder of a shared email account, letting others read them without actually ever hitting send in an effort to minimize their paper trail.

Trump reacted to the news of Manafort's jailing by calling it "very unfair".

Prosecutors have said that Manafort's role in the campaign and long-standing ties to Russian-backed politicians, financiers and others merited investigation into whether any of them served as back channels to Russia.

Mueller filed a third amended indictment against Manafort last week, alleging that he and Russian-Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik attempted to persuade potential witnesses not to testify against them.

Later, Trump took to Twitter, writing "Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob".

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On Friday, they told the judge Manafort was a "danger to the community" and that he had committed a crime while out on release: obstruction of justice.

In an interview with NPR after Manafort signed on with Trump in 2016, Reed noted Manafort has an apartment at Trump Tower in NY. The allegations of witness tampering to interfere with the Russian Federation investigation - the charge for which he appeared in court Friday and which ultimately got his bail revoked - came about in early June.

In a separate development, Mr Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that there is a "good chance" that the president will decide next week whether he will sit down for an interview with Mr Mueller. "I am concerned you seem to treat these proceedings as just another marketing exercise", the judge said sternly, before announcing she was revoking the house arrest he was placed under last October. "But if he were to plead guilty to criminal charges connected to his earlier work as a lobbyist for a pro-Kremlin party in Ukraine, including allegations of money laundering, it would set off a chain of events that could bring Mueller's investigation deep into the White House".

Manafort's federal trial is slated for September in Washington, D.C. He will also face a federal trial in Virginia in July for related tax and bank fraud charges. The charges do not relate to his work on the Trump campaign or involve allegations of Russian election interference.

Kilimnik, a former army-trained linguist with alleged ties to Russian intelligence, was included in an updated indictment of Manafort that accused both of witness tampering.

Prosecutors said they tried to convince two witnesses to say they had not lobbied in the United States for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.

Kilimnik has been "assessed" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to have ties with Russian intelligence, though the businessman denies this. Devlin Barrett writes about national security and law enforcement for The Washington Post.

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