U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail until trial

WASHINGTON – Saturday, June 16, 2018- According to the latest reports, Paul Manafort, Trump’s former election campaign manager, was sent to jail pending trial after being charged with witness tampering, on Friday.

Manafort, A Republican businessman, is being targeted from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, and also has been indicted on mostly financial-related charges concluded with defrauding and launder money in the United States.

He not found guilty for charges and had also been on home confinement in Virginia where he was sentenced to wear an electronic monitoring device.

last week, he was being charged with witness tampering case. Manafort’s legal defense fund asked through social media, “Why is he the target of a partisan investigation?”

U.S. District Judge, Amy Berman Jackson, in Washington canceled his bail, “I have no appetite for this … But in the end, I cannot turn a blind eye,” she said. “You’ve abused the trust placed in you.”

Trump felt sad for being Manafort sent to the jail. He tweeted, “Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, Didn’t know Manafort was the head of the Mob, Very unfair!”

Legal experts spoked that Mueller wanted to keep applying pressure on Manafort to plead guilty and also assist the prosecutors as Gates did and is cooperating with the probe after cutting a plea deal.

Mueller’s filing said, “he may also introduce evidence showing that Manafort falsely represented business expenses on his tax returns and that Manafort, his business partner Richard Gates and Kilimnik structured loans between Cypriot companies they controlled to avoid recognizing those funds as taxable income”.

Michael Zeldin, a former federal prosecutor, told Reuters, “Either he can double down in his resolve to fight it or it’s the last straw and it breaks his will and he decides to work out a plea bargain”.

by Sawan Kumar on June 16, 2018

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