Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Jailed After New Mueller Indictment

Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Jailed After New Mueller Indictment

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed Friday after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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.

Trump has denounced the Mueller probe as a political "witch hunt" and denied there was any collusion with Russian Federation by members of his election campaign.

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested on Friday that President Donald Trump will not pardon anyone involved in the Russian Federation investigation while the probe is ongoing, but emphasized that the President will not "give up his right to pardon" either.

"I can not turn a blind eye to this allegation", US District Judge Amy Jackson said.

"If you tuned into another station, you'd be seeing the top story about how Paul Manafort was sent to jail", he says. "This is not the first time we've had to talk about him skating close to the line".

"You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago", Judge Amy Berman Jackson was quoted by the Washington Post as saying. "I can't take away his cellphone", she said.

Legal experts say Mueller wants to keep applying pressure on Manafort to plead guilty and assist prosecutors as Gates did and is cooperating with the probe after cutting a plea deal.

While Jackson said she struggled with the decision, she accused Manafort of treating the proceedings as "just another marketing exercise".

The response added that it was not a crime for Mr Manafort "to communicate his view to others, especially when he is not aware of who the Special Counsel may call as witnesses". The judge denied the request. A lawyer for the witness told prosecutors that Manafort said, "This is Paul, Paul Manafort". The charges against Manafort in Washington include failing to register as a foreign agent for the pro-Russia Ukrainian government under former President Viktor Yanukovych.

After hearing arguments in court Friday, Judge Jackson described from the bench what she called "an extraordinarily hard decision", but cited the weight of allegations against Manafort.

That means Mueller's team could serve Manafort with a grand jury subpoena after he is pardoned, forcing him to be a witness against a bigger target.

Manafort and his associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, were also set to be arraigned on obstruction charges tied to the witness tampering allegation. But Manafort worked on the campaign for a critical period in the campaign, from April to August, 2016, through the latter stages of securing the GOP nomination and then the Republican convention.

As evidence that Manafort lobbied in the United States, prosecutors submitted a four-page memo that Manafort wrote to Yanukovych detailing his campaign to convince members of Congress, the State Department and the Western news media that Yanukovych was a champion of democratic reforms.

Three US marshals led Manafort out of the courtroom into the prisoner holding area immediately after the judge's ruling, CNN reported.

Manafort's Washington trial is set for September 17.

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