Five months of witness tampering may not be the best decision for a man facing multiple felony charges from a grand jury.
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort will spend the rest of his summer in jail as he awaits his September trial stemming from charges coming from Robert Mueller’s special counsel. The special counsel convinced a federal judge on Friday to revoke Manafort’s bail after breaking the terms by tampering with witnesses, according to NBCNews.
“I cannot turn a blind eye to this,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in a Washington courtroom, deciding he needed to report to jail rather than agree to even more restrictions that his past actions suggest he would break anyway. “This isn’t middle school, I can’t take your phone,” Jackson said.
The former Trump campaign manager will remain in pretrial detention until his September trial, when he’ll face charges including money laundering, being an unregistered foreign agent and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.
“Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign,” President Trump told reporters gathered at the White House on Friday about the man who was his campaign manager for months and during the Republican National Convention. “I feel a little badly about it. They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago,” Trump continued, a reference to high crimes the special counsel alleges including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering for Viktor Yanukovych’s Ukrainian Party of Regions, a pro-Russian political party.
Manafort’s business associate Rick Gates already plead guilty to lying to federal agents and for financial fraud. George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn already plead guilty to lying to the F.B.I. During its investigation, the special counsel also landed two more guilty pleas, indicted 13 Russians, and indicted another Manafort business associat