Ex-Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Sent to Prison After Judge Revokes Bail

UPDATE [6/15/18, 12:25 p.m.]:

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she has no way to prevent Manafort from contacting potential witnesses if he’s allowed to be out on bail.

“This is not middle school,” she said. “I can’t take his cellphone.”

Sending Manafort to jail before trial ramps up pressure on him to cooperate with the Mueller investigation looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

A grand jury on June 8 indicted Manafort and an associate on new charges related to allegations that he contacted two potential witnesses in an attempt to “suborn perjury.”

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Original story:

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was ordered to jail on Friday after a judge canceled his house arrest, according to Bloomberg.

The court order came as Manafort is awaiting trial on money laundering and bank fraud charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The Washington judge revoked Manafort’s bail after Mueller’s team presented what they said was evidence that Manafort had tried to tamper with witnesses in the case against him.

The judge ruled that Manafort had “abused” the trust placed in him months ago when he was allowed to avoid prison time while awaiting trial.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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