Judge sends Manafort to jail after Mueller charges witness tampering

Source: The Hill | June 15, 2018 | Max Greenwood and Avery Anapol

A federal judge ordered Paul Manafort to jail Friday after revoking the former Trump campaign chairman’s bail. 

Manafort appeared in court Friday after special counsel Robert Mueller asked a court to revoke Manafort’s pretrial release conditions due to his alleged attempted witness tampering.

Mueller filed a superseding indictment against Manafort, who was already facing multiple charges related to financial crime, accusing him of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

But prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., to narrow restrictions on Manafort or send him to jail amid allegations that he tried to convince two potential witnesses to lie to investigators about lobbying work for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

The two witnesses reported Manafort’s alleged attempt to influence them to Mueller, according to The New York Times.

The decision to jail Manafort ahead of his trial in September could put pressure on him to cooperate with investigators examining the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

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