Manafort’s Bail Revoked Due to Witness Tampering

The Story: 

Paul Manafort, who was the campaign manager for now-President Donald Trump from June to August 2016, was booked into Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia on June 15, 2018 under orders from a federal court judge, who revoked his bail and wants him held until trial.

Background:

In October of last year, Manafort surrendered to the FBI after being indicted on charges that relate to laundering money for pro-Russia forces within the Ukraine. He is charged, among other counts, with acting as an unregistered agent for a foreign principal, and of failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. The prosecution added additional allegations this February.

The original October indictment came about as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election. Manafort has pleaded not guilty, and the trial is scheduled to begin in September

The Thing to Know:

The new (June) charges involve Manafort’s alleged efforts to persuade witnesses to lie about those underlying charges, efforts he has engaged in while under house arrest. As a consequence, Judge Amy Berman Jackson has evidently decided that “house” arrest was not arresting enough.

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