President Trump calls Manafort jailing unfair

President Trump calls Manafort jailing unfair

President Trump calls Manafort jailing unfair

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has had his bail revoked by a Washington DC judge and has been ordered to jail pending trial.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked Manafort's bail over claims he was tampering with witnesses in the case against him brought by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Washington, D.C., Federal District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sent the onetime power player to jail pending trial moments after he pleaded not guilty to the charges, brought against him and his associate, Konstantin Kilimnik of Moscow.

Manafort was first indicted back in October on charges including tax fraud and conspiracy against the U.S. Prosecutors alleged that over the course of a decade before his involvement with the Trump campaign, Manafort lobbied undisclosed for a party in Ukraine and a former pro-Russian politician, laundering more than $30 million.

On Friday, the President reacted to the news that his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sent to jail to await trial by saying the decision was "very unfair".

Mueller filed new obstruction of justice charges last week against Manafort, who has pleaded not guilty to the multiple counts against him. The witnesses, who had worked with Manafort as he represented a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, have told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that they believed Manafort and Kilimnik were trying to get them to lie about the nature of their work.

Judge Jackson said there wasn't another option than to revoke bail. "Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob", Trump wrote.

The judge said Mr Manafort had "abused the trust placed in you" and treated the court proceedings as "just another marketing exercise".

But a witness-tampering charge bears far more weight with judges, legal experts say, because it could show a defendant's willingness to interfere with the administration of justice.

"This isn't middle school, I can't take your phone", Jackson said.

On Friday, former Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort headed to jail, perhaps for a very long time.

The image of the grim-faced Manafort, led out of a District of Columbia courtroom by a U.S. marshall, offered a vivid reminder of the precipitous fall of a man who has been counsellor to presidents, an architect of the modern-day influence industry and, for a time, a key engineer of Mr Donald Trump's takeover of the Republican Party. 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. The perfectly manicured former Trump campaign chair has advised leaders like Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Ukrainian autocrat Viktor Yanukovych.

Mr Manafort's lawyers have accused prosecutors of conjuring a "sinister plot" out of "innocuous" contacts.

Trump said Friday that he feels bad for Manafort and believes he is being treated unfairly. He worked for me for what?

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