Former U.S. attorney Harry Litman said he believes President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, will be sent to jail by Friday.
“Prosecutors hate this, judges hate this, and he’s going to have to bring his toothbrush to court on Friday because the statute says, if they find this happened, there’s a presumption that no circumstances exist that will get him safely there for that,” Litman told reporters on Tuesday.
“So there’s the real prospect that he now goes to jail, never to leave even until the end of his sentence,” he continued.
Litman’s opinion comes just days after special counsel Robert Mueller requested that the court revoke Manafort’s bail due to the suspicion that the former campaign chairman attempted to incite perjury among witnesses while on a pretrial release.
According to the allegations, Manafort tried to convince witnesses to perjure themselves during conversations he had with them via phone and WhatsApp.
One of the potential witnesses that Manafort contacted said that he had asked him to lie to prosecutors in his testimony. Another witness said Manafort contacted them “in an effort to influence their testimony and to otherwise conceal evidence.”
“This is the stupidest thing that a defendant can do, this sort of witness tampering,” Litman said of Manafort’s reported actions. “He’s looking at being in prison, which is a very sort of focusing event, by Friday.”
Judge Amy Berman Jackson is expected to make a decision regarding Manafort’s bail next Friday, June 15.
The former Trump campaign head was indicted on 12 counts last year, including conspiracy against the U.S., tax fraud, and money laundering. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.