Manafort jailed after alleged witness tampering

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A federal judge ordered Paul Manafort on Friday to stay behind bars after special counsel Robert Mueller accused Manafort of witness tampering, the latest charge in a laundry list of allegations resulting from his lobbying in Ukraine on behalf of a pro-Russian politician.

The move by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson came after prosecutors accused Manafort and a longtime associate of witnesses tampering.

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.

While other members of Mr Trump's orbit in Mr Mueller's spotlight have admitted guilt to lesser charges, Mr Manafort is one of the few holdouts.

Paul Manafort is going to jail, and the screws squeezing him to reveal any damaging information he might know about President Trump just got tighter.

Manafort also faces 18 separate criminate charges in a federal court in Virginia.

Manafort, 69, will remain locked up until his federal trial in September.

It was not immediately clear where Manafort will be held, but any jail cell represents a significant downgrade.

Manafort's jailing is perhaps the most significant blow to the former Trump campaign manager - but it's by no means the last.

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"Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign", Trump told reporters gathered at the White House on Friday.

"This is not middle school", she told lawyers. That case, which focuses on alleged bank and tax fraud in connection with money earned for his Ukraine work, is scheduled for July.

Kilimnik, who worked for Manafort in Ukraine, is believed to also be the Person A in the document filed in March by the special counsel that said former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates was talking to a former Russian intelligence officer before the election, a fact known to Gates at the time.

Faulkner snaps, "We started with that" then changes the conversation to keep talking about what she said was the most important story of the day.

"Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort", Trump wrote on Twitter even though Manafort has not been sentenced - he has not been convicted on any of the charges.

The filings last week, signed by Mueller, alleged that Manafort and Kilimnik "knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly persuade another person...with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding".

Hours after Manafort's bail was revoked on Friday, Mueller's office told the court it would introduce evidence at trial that Manafort sought to circumvent Ukrainian public procurement law by masking the size of payments to a U.S. law firm that wrote a report aimed at discrediting Yanukovych's chief political rival. "And I don't think it's right", he said.

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.

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