Trump protests as his former campaign chief is jailed for witness tampering

17 June, 2018, 20:19 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert

This week, prosecutors submitted as evidence a four-page memo that Mr. Manafort wrote to Mr. Yanukovych detailing his campaign to convince members of Congress, the State Department and the Western news media that Mr. Yanukovych, who was elected Ukraine's president in 2010, was a champion of democratic reforms.

He was booked into the Northern Neck Regional Jail at 8:22 p.m. ET Friday night.

Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign, likely has one question on his mind after being jailed while he awaits trial: should he flip?

Manafort was booked into the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia.

Manafort's legal defense fund asked in a Twitter post, "Why is he the target of a partisan investigation?" echoing a theme of Trump and his supporters that the Mueller inquiry is a political witch hunt. Manafort is accused of hiding the money earned in Ukraine from the Internal Revenue Service and obtaining fraudulent bank loans.

At the White House on Friday, Trump told reporters that Manafort worked for him for "a very short period of time".

Mr Manafort's trial on charges of money laundering and illegal lobbying is due to begin in September.

Jackson said she was "very troubled" by Manafort's contacts with witnesses.

"The harm in this case is harm to the administration of justice and harm to the integrity of the court's system", the report quoted Berman Jackson as asserting Manafort in court. "It is not about the conduct of the Office of Special Counsel".

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


But Manafort worked on the campaign for a critical period in the campaign, from April to August, 2016, which included the latter critical stages of securing delegates to win the nomination, and then to the Republican convention.

Mueller filed new obstruction of justice charges last week against Manafort, who has pleaded not guilty to the multiple counts against him.

He referred to Comey and other senior FBI officials as "the scum at the top" of the bureau and as "total thieves".

If Mr Manafort is convicted, he faces years in jail.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on May 23, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Prosecutors haven't tied Manafort, Gates and Kilimnik's alleged wrongdoings to the actions of the Trump campaign, which is at the core of Mueller's investigation.

A Manafort associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, also was charged with obstruction in connection with the alleged approaches to witnesses.

Manafort's attorneys claim that Mueller hasn't provided them with a witness list so that they don't know whom Manafort should be forbidden to contact. "No, I don't want to talk about that", the president responded - though he did say "I do want to see people treated fairly". He worked for me, what, for 49 days or something?

The witnesses told investigators that they "understood" that Manafort was reaching out to influence the testimony, according to court papers.

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