US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sent to jail

Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort is going to jail

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

Manafort had been under house arrest after posting a $10M bond.

Akerman said that Manafort's advanced age and the precedent set by the hefty sentences handed to one of the Watergate burglars in a bid to make him cooperate meant he faces the possibility, if convicted, of spending the rest of his life in prison.

On Friday, a judge said she could no longer "turn a blind eye" to accusations by prosecutors that Paul Manafort tampered with evidence and sentenced him to jail.

Manafort was brought in to the campaign in March of 2016, largely to save Trump, who was then the leading candidate for the Republican nomination, from getting overthrown on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Paul Manafort departs Federal District Court after a hearing, Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Washington.

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Mr Manafort also pleaded not guilty to the latest indictment yesterday.

While most of the charges against Manafort predate his work for Trump, some relate to activities that took place into 2017, including alleged bank fraud and money laundering, according to prosecutors.

In recent months, Trump has stepped up his attacks against Mueller's efforts, calling the investigation a "witch hunt" and asserting that the investigators were biased against him. "I can't take his cellphone", she said.

Manafort will remain in jail while awaiting those trials in coming months.

In asking for Manafort to be jailed, prosecutor Greg Andres said in court that there was a danger Manafort would continue to commit crimes.

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Defence attorneys said Manafort didn't know who the government witnesses are.

Manafort attorney Richard Westling asked the court for a stay pending appeal but it was immediately denied by Jackson. He said a no-contact order with others in the case could achieve that result and said the current release terms had not explicitly included that restriction. And he argued that Manafort could not have known the men he contacted were witnesses. Manafort has also pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Manafort has repeatedly declared his intention to fight the charges in both jurisdictions, with his lawyers saying that he is being wrongly prosecuted for financial activities that have nothing to do with collusion to affect the election.

The investigation against Manafort is part of the investigation about the so-called Russian intervention in elections in the United States. Kilimnik is believed to be in Moscow - and therefore safe from arrest because Russian Federation does not extradite its citizens.

Kilimnik, whom US authorities suspect of having ties to Russian intelligence, served as Manafort's point man in Ukraine.

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On Feb. 26, Manafort sent the person a series of messages through an encrypted application, including a link to a Business Insider story with the headline: "Former European leaders struggle to explain themselves after Mueller claims Paul Manafort paid them to lobby for Ukraine".

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