A federal judge ordered Paul Manafort to be sentenced to prison on Friday on charges he manipulated with witnesses while he was on the bail – a major blow to President Trump's former campaign chairman when he waits for attempted federal conspiracy and money laundering next month.
"You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago," said American court Amy Berman Jackson, Manafort. "The government's movement will be granted and the defendant will be held."
The judge said sending Manafort to a cell was "an extremely difficult decision", but added that his behavior left his little choice because he claimed to have contacted witnesses in the case in an attempt to make them lie to investigators.
"This is not the middle school. I can not remove her cell phone," she said. "If I say he will not call 56 witnesses, will he call the 57th?" She said she would not have to elaborate a court order that spelled the entire criminal code for him to avoid violations.
"This hearing is not about politics. It is not about the behavior of the special council office. It's about the defendant's behavior, says Jackson. "I'm worried that you seem to treat these procedures as another marketing."
Manafort, dressed in a blue suit and red tie, was led by the courtroom by security officers. He turned and gave a last glance and waved to his wife, sitting in the court's well. She nodded back to him.
His lawyer Richard Westerling had called on the referee not to send him to prison, saying that it was not necessary by law and "doing" will create more challenges for the defense, which is already facing trial in two courts. "
The rule of imprisonment of Manafort restricted a month-long battle over the terms of his fortune. He had asked to send a $ 1
It was not immediately clear where Manafort was to be imprisoned. ] The order marked the recent case of political power brokers and trust for republican presidents who return to Ronald Reagan.
Hours earlier, Trump defended Manafort in comments to reporters outside the White House.
Manafort "has nothing to do with our campaign, but I tell you I feel a little bad, says Trump. "They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago."
Trump added that Manafort "worked for me for a very short time".
Asked if he might consider forgetting previous assistants and advisors, Trump replied, "I do not want to talk about it."
Prosecutors claimed that by committing a new crime at the time of release, Manafort broke the conditions for his home furnishings in Alexandria, Va., And they asked the referee to revoke or revise it.
Manafort, 69, has allegedly guilty of all charges in which prosecutors say it was a wider conspiracy to wash more than $ 30 million over a decade of unlearned lobbying for a former pro-Russian politician and party in Ukraine.
Case to him includes not signing in the United States as a lobbyist for a foreign government. On June 8 he was accused and a Russian business federation to prevent justice after prosecutors said they tried to persuade two potential witnesses to tell investigators that the Ukraine lobby did not cover operations in the United States.
Manafort attorneys have denied the prosecution of accusations and accused prosecutors of compelling allegations to push him to turn his anger away and turn to Trump and his coworkers.
Manafort arrested Friday on the obstruction speech and put to trial in Washington in September over allegations of secret lobbying. He is also facing a federal trial in Virginia in July for related tax and bank fraud that arose as prosecutor reviewed his financial agreements.
He had been restricted to his home on electronic surveillance and other restrictions since he was first charged on 27 October under the Robert S. Mueller III Special Council on Russian Interference in the 2016 presidential election. Most criminal bills refer to activities that preceded Manafort's time as Trump's campaign manager , from March to August 2016, when he resigned from news reports that he had received secret cash payments for his Ukrainian consultation.
Prosecutors had previously complained that the judge of Manafort's behavior as he waited for trial. In December, they accused him of violating a court's gag order by helping ghostwrite an up-and-play to defend his work in Ukraine for an English-language newspaper in Kiev.
Jackson, the referee, refused to punish Manafort when, however, warned that she would probably regard similar actions in the future as a crime.
When asked Manafort to be detained, prosecutor Greg Andres in court ruled that there was a danger Manafort would continue to commit crimes.
"There is nothing in the record of this court that ensures that Mr. Manafort will comply with the terms" for prison before prison card prison, "said Andres.
As both sides discussed the witnessed statement, Richard Westling, a lawyer for Manafort, urged the referee to consider alternative imprisons that could be added to the existing conditions for his release "which can prevent this from occurring in the future." He said that no contact with others could achieve that result and said that the current terms of release did not expressly contain that restriction.
Andres replied that "it is unthinkable that [Manafort] do not know they are potential witnesses."
The fall of Manafort and his long-term staff, Rick Gates, marked the first public charges in the special investigation. Gates, 46, accused him of being guilty in February to lie to investigators and agreed to provide information in cooperation agreements with Mueller's law.
Manafort has repeatedly declared his intention to fight the charges in both jurisdictions, with his lawyers saying that he is wrongly charged with financial activities that have nothing to do with Russian involvement in the 2016 election, the main goal of Mueller's investigation.
Prosecutors have said that Manafort's role in the campaign and long-term ties to Russian-supported politicians, financiers and other highly-qualified investigation as to whether one of them served as back-channels to Russia.
Obstruction costs expire from lobby work in 2012 on behalf of the Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, and Ukraine's party.
An artist Manafort, Konstantin Kilimnik, was also charged with obstruction in connection with the alleged witnesses' approach. Kilimnik is believed to be in Moscow – and therefore safe from arrests because Russia does not extradite its citizens. Prosecutors have previously said that Kilimnik has a connection with the Russian intelligence, which he denies.
The alleged cover to the lobby derives from prosecutors saying Manafort, Kilimnik and others did with former European politicians, informally informed as "Hapsburg Group," To advocate on behalf of Ukraine to US and European officials.