Judge sends ex-Trump aide Manafort to jail

Judge sends ex-Trump aide Manafort to jail

Judge sends ex-Trump aide Manafort to jail

Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn is also cooperating with Mueller's investigation after pleading guilty, while Trump's longtime fixer Michael Cohen is reportedly considering cooperation with a separate federal investigation in Manhattan.

"When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons", Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told the New York Daily News on Friday.

Trump has countered with increasingly forceful rhetoric in his attempts to discredit Mueller's probe and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The fact that Trump thinks he should be judge and jury over his political foes remains a troubling aspect of his presidency.

Regarding this Trump wrote in his Twitter handle, "Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns".

"Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob", Trump said. By the afternoon, however, he appeared to offer a lifeline, noting that his prosecution was "very unfair". 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.

His trial in Alexandria, the U.S. state of Virginia, on bank fraud charges is set in July, and a separate one in Washington, DC, for him on charges of money laundering and fraud conspiracy is scheduled for September.

Just hours before the Judge Jackson sent Manafort to jail, Trump told reporters during an impromptu appearance on the White House lawn that he "felt badly" for Manafort being investigated because the alleged crimes occurred years prior to Manafort joining the Trump campaign.

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Mueller's team this month asked the judge to revoke Manafort's bail, saying his "obstructive" conduct "instils little confidence that restrictions short of detention will assure Manafort's compliance with the court's orders and prevent him from committing further crimes".

Judge Jackson had previously rebuffed Mr Manafort's repeated requests to end his home confinement in exchange for pledging $US10 million in real estate as collateral. "I mean there was total bias", Trump said.

Manafort lobbied in Europe on behalf of the Ukrainian government that was overthrown in a US-backed coup in February 2014.

The witnesses worked with Manafort in organizing a group of former European officials who lobbied within the US without registering as required by law.

It was not immediately clear where Manafort would be jailed.

Person D1, Andres said, quickly hung up the phone on Manafort while he was still talking and later contacted the Special Counsel's office.

Mr Manafort's lawyers said in a response filed with the court that his "limited communications" did not "reflect an intent to corruptly influence a trial witness".

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