Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Donald Trump after his former manager Paul Manafort is jailed

Donald Trump after his former manager Paul Manafort is jailed

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been sent to jail, after a judge in Washington DC revoked his bail.

The move by a federal judge comes two weeks after Robert Mueller filed new accusations of witness tampering against Manafort.

The charges were brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now investigation Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russia.

A federal judge has revoked bail conditions for Trump's ex-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. In 2016, Manafort served as Trump's campaign chairman during the Republican National Convention. "It totally exonerates me", Trump told journalists in front of the White House.

Charges that will be examined in September's Washington trial include conspiracy to launder money, making false statements and failing to register as a foreign agent for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. He will stay in jail until the end of his trials, which are now scheduled for late August and September.

Mueller insists Manafort's case falls within his jurisdiction because of his connection with both the Trump campaign and to officials in Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Mueller, whose investigation could threaten Trump's presidency, is investigating whether the president's 2016 campaign colluded with Moscow and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation probe.

"I have no appetite for this", she said.

The latest charges increased Manafort's legal jeopardy if he continues an aggressive battle with prosecutors, and could be an effort by Mueller to induce a guilty plea and secure the testimony of a critical campaign adviser to Trump.

"[He] has nothing to do with our campaign, but I tell you I feel a little badly about it", Mr Trump said.

He is said to have made tens of millions of dollars from a campaign to bolster that government's reputation within Europe and the U.S., but not to have registered this work.

Konstantin Kilimnik was recently and newly named along with Manafort in the attempted witness tampering indictment.

Trump also tweeted with sarcasm that he "didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob" and asked: "What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others?"

Besides violating laws on disclosure of lobbying on behalf of foreign interests, the government has accused Manafort of laundering more than $30 million in income he received over a nine-year period for lobbying for Yanukovych and his political allies.

At the hearing, prosecutor Greg Andres said that Manafort can't be trusted to avoid contacting witnesses given that the indictment accuses him of lying to his lawyer and accountants, as well as the IRS and Justice Department.

Mueller's filing said he may also introduce evidence showing that Manafort falsely represented business expenses on his tax returns and that Manafort, his business partner Richard Gates and Kilimnik structured loans between Cypriot companies they controlled to avoid recognizing those funds as taxable income.

Kilimnik, 48, has previously declined to comment on the allegations and denied being connected to Russian intelligence agencies.

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