Ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort jailed ahead of trial

Manafort entered his not-guilty plea in federal court Friday

Judge jails ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort pending trial, citing obstruction charges

On a historic day in American politics, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort was taken to jail Friday afternoon ahead of his trial in the case brought against him by special counsel Robert Mueller.

U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson revoked Manafort's bail.

The former Trump campaign manager, 69, was accused of sending WhatsApp messages to potential witnesses in Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, so a judge made a decision to jail him to stop this happening again.

Besides Mr Manafort, they include Michael Flynn, the president's former national security adviser; Rick Gates, a former deputy campaign chair; and George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser.

Trump added that Manafort "worked for me for a very short period of time".

Trump has sought to distance his campaign and himself from Manafort.

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Three US marshals led Manafort out of the courtroom into the prisoner holding area immediately after the judge's ruling, CNN reported.

Mr Manafort's trial on charges of money laundering and illegal lobbying is due to begin in September. Gates came on board with Manafort and stayed for the duration of the campaign, later serving as deputy chairman for Trump's inaugural committee and then starting a pro-Trump PAC.

Mueller claims that between February 23 and April of this year, Manafort and Kilimnik tried to persuade witnesses with "intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding".

Trump has denounced the Mueller probe as a political "witch hunt" and denied there was any collusion with Russian Federation by members of his election campaign.

"I have no appetite for this", she said.

Manafort's business partner Rick Gates, who was also charged with a slew of federal crimes earlier this year, had entered a plea deal with the Special Counsel and is working with prosecutors on the Russian Federation investigation.

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Giuliani also said the President has told his attorneys, "I haven't pardoned anybody". "Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob", Trump wrote.

'Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns. He's there because a federal judge revoked his bail earlier Friday.

Prosecutors had previously complained to the judge about Manafort's behavior as he awaited trial. That case, which focuses on alleged bank and tax fraud in connection with money earned for his Ukraine work, is scheduled for July.

Kilimnik worked with Manafort in Ukraine during that time, and during the 2016 election they were reportedly in regular contact.

Manafort's attorneys claim that Mueller hasn't provided them with a witness list so that they don't know whom Manafort should be forbidden to contact.

Konstantin Kilimnik was recently and newly named along with Manafort in the attempted witness tampering indictment. Andres said the witness told Manafort that he couldn't talk and hung up. Mueller's office has described Kilimnik as a Russian intelligence asset who was active through the 2016 election.

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