A federal decide on Friday despatched President Donald Trump’s former marketing campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to jail pending trial, after Particular Counsel Robert Mueller charged him final week with witness tampering.
Manafort, who has been a spotlight of Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s position within the 2016 U.S. presidential election, pleaded not responsible to the costs on Friday earlier than U.S. District Decide Amy Berman Jackson in Washington.
However the decide revoked Manafort’s bail circumstances, sending him to jail.
Manafort has been indicted by Mueller in each Washington and Virginia on a raft of costs, together with conspiracy in opposition to america. His trial within the Washington case is scheduled for September.
Manafort’s trial on the associated costs in Virginia is ready for July 25. He has pleaded not responsible to all costs.
Manafort is at the moment confined to his residence within the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, and compelled to put on a GPS monitoring gadget.
Mueller, whose investigation has overshadowed Trump’s presidency, is investigating whether or not the president’s 2016 marketing campaign colluded with Moscow and whether or not Trump has unlawfully sought to hinder the Russia probe. Trump has referred to as Mueller’s investigation a witch hunt and has denied wrongdoing.
A June eight indictment charged Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, a Manafort aide and political operative with alleged ties to Russian intelligence, with tampering with witnesses about their previous lobbying for Ukraine’s former pro-Russian authorities.
Mueller’s workforce this month requested the decide to revoke Manafort’s bail, saying his “obstructive” conduct “instills little confidence that restrictions wanting detention will guarantee Manafort’s compliance with the court docket’s orders and stop him from committing additional crimes.”
Manafort has long-standing ties to a pro-Russian political get together in Ukraine and a Russian oligarch near the Kremlin.
The fees in opposition to Manafort in Washington embody conspiracy to launder cash, conspiracy to defraud america and failing to register as a international agent for the pro-Russia Ukrainian authorities beneath former President Viktor Yanukovych.
Not one of the costs in opposition to make reference to alleged Russian interference within the election nor the accusations of collusion between Moscow and Trump’s marketing campaign. The Kremlin has denied meddling within the election.