Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

It's Summer Friday & Paul Manafort Is Going To Jail

It's Summer Friday & Paul Manafort Is Going To Jail

His lawyer, Richard Westling, had asked the judge to lay out a clear order listing people Manafort should avoid and to send him home under the bail conditions he had negotiated with the special counsel's office. "But in the end, I can not turn a blind eye", she said.

JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS/NewscomPaul Manafort, formerly President Donald Trump's campaign manager, is heading to a jail cell after a judge revoked his bail today.

Prosecutors say Mr Manafort and Mr Kilimnik tried to get the two witnesses to say that lobbying work carried out by clandestinely paid former politicians only occurred in Europe and not the United States, a contention the two witnesses said they knew to be false.

In fact, the government now claims, Mr. Manafort led a multimillion-dollar lobbying effort in Washington to present Mr. Yanukovych as a pro-Western leader who deserved political support, not sanctions for alleged abuses of power.

"Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns", he tweeted.

The president addressed Mr. Manafort's case Friday morning, telling reporters that he feels badly for his former campaign chairman."I think a lot of it's very unfair", Mr. Trump said. However, prosecutors have said in several previous court filings they are looking into Manafort's contacts with Russians and Ukrainians - including Kilimnik - and possible coordination he may have orchestrated with them while he oversaw the campaign. "They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago?"

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He pleaded not guilty on the charges imposed on him and had been on home confinement in Virginia. Manafort was confined to house arrest and posted a $10 million bond.

The 69-year-old Paul Manafort was reportedly engaging in attempted witness tampering while under house arrest awaiting his trial. "Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob", Trump wrote.

Former Federal Prosecutor Nelson Cunningham argued on MSNBC host Ari Melber's show "The Beat" that this action is a momentous step in the case against Manafort and in the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller's office last week also charged Manafort's longtime Russian confidant, Konstantin Kilimnik, with obstruction. "I'm concerned you seem to treat these proceedings as another marketing exercise". A lawyer for the witness told prosecutors that Manafort said, "This is Paul, Paul Manafort".

Prosecutors have argued that Manafort is a "danger to the community" and that his alleged witness tampering attempts constitute obstruction of justice. The charges include failing to register as a foreign agent, lying to investors, and conspiracy to launder money. One of the February 2018 conversations cited by prosecutors between Manafort and a person identified as "Person D1" lasted a minute and 24 seconds. Mueller's team has said that Kilimnik has ties to Russian intelligence agencies, a claim he has denied.

Manafort also pleaded not guilty to the latest indictment on Friday.

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