Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort sentenced to prison

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Trump tweeted a response to Manafort's jailing, defending his former campaign manager.

President Trump decried on Twitter the "tough sentence" handed down to Paul Manafort Friday - an apparent reference to a judge's decision to put the former Trump campaign chairman in jail pending his trial.

Instead, the judge had his bail revoked and was ordered to go to jail. According to a public listing of inmates at the facility, Manafort was booked at 8:22 p.m. ET Friday night and is being housed in what was described as the "VIP-1" section. Earlier this month, prosecutors said Manafort broke these conditions by contacting two witnesses and trying to get them to say that Manafort's work lobbying for Ukraine did not include work in the United States.

Both men turned themselves in just minutes before the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed the indictments, which also included conspiracy to launder money received from pro-Russian Ukrainian groups, failing to register as a foreign agent, false statements, and multiple counts of failing to file reports for foreign bank accounts.

Trump got asked about Manafort this morning on the White House North Lawn, after he staged his spontaneous visit to Fox & Friends station on the lawn.

His trial on the related charges in Virginia is set for next month.


The judge said Mr Manafort had "abused the trust placed in you" and treated the court proceedings as "just another marketing exercise". "I can't take his cell phone".

"The harm in this case is harm to the administration of justice and harm to the integrity of the court's system", Berman Jackson told Manafort in court.

In issuing her ruling, Judge Jackson said she had "struggled" with the decision but she could not "turn a blind eye" to his conduct.

Jackson, the judge, declined to punish Manafort then but warned she would likely consider similar actions in the future as a violation.

A federal grand jury indicted Manafort and a longtime associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, last week on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, adding to the multiple felony counts he already faced. "What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others?"

If Mr Manafort is convicted, he faces years in jail. "I mean there was total bias", Trump said.


Mueller is accusing Manafort and Kilimnik of tampering with two witnesses.

Manafort, 69, had been under house arrest while awaiting trial in both the USA capital and Virginia.

Manafort has repeatedly declared his intention to fight the charges in both jurisdictions, with his attorneys saying that he is being wrongly prosecuted for financial activities that have nothing to do with Russian interference in the 2016 election, the main focus of Mueller's investigation.

The report never addressed collusion or obstruction in the Russian Federation inquiry. "He worked for me, what, 49 days or something".

Andres said Manafort had carried out a "sustained campaign" over five weeks to influence the witnesses' testimony, which he said was part of Manafort's "history of deception in this case".


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