Paul Manafort's chances of flipping on Trump just went through the roof

Saul Bowman
June 17, 2018

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign adviser was in court today to ask a federal judge not to revoke his bail, sparing him a stint in the slammer. When Manafort arrived for court that day, the crowd bellowed out a familiar phrase heard at Trump rallies but with a slight change - "Lock him up!"

"This is not middle school, I can't take his cell phone", she added, according to U.S. media.

"Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns", Trump tweeted Friday afternoon, just before turning his attention to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and Hillary Clinton.

In one case Mr. Manafort reached out to suggest that he and a witness talk about the details of the investigation, saying he wanted to clear up what he said were inaccuracies.

Big news, of a sort anyway, in the ongoing special-counsel prosecution of Paul Manafort.

Hours before Manafort was jailed, Trump said he felt "badly" for him. Manafort had previously been out on bail on house arrest, but the government requested that his bail be revoked.

"This is not middle school", Jackson said to the lawyers. I can't take his cell phone, ' she said, while adding that he had 'abused the trust placed in you six months ago'.

Mr Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was even more direct, telling a NY newspaper that the Manafort situation could eventually get "cleaned up" by presidential pardons.

But Manafort worked on the campaign for a critical period in the campaign, from April to August, 2016, which included the latter critical stages of securing delegates to win the nomination, and then to the Republican convention.

Mueller accused the pair of obstructing justice in the investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in 2016. But his longtime business partner and Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators in February.

Mr Manafort is now confined to his home in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, and forced to wear a Global Positioning System monitoring device.

Later, Trump took to Twitter, writing "Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob".

Akerman served as a federal prosecutor and was a member of the Watergate prosecution team.

Manafort and his associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, were also set to be arraigned on obstruction charges tied to the witness tampering allegation.

On Friday, they told the judge Manafort was a "danger to the community" and that he had committed a crime while out on release: obstruction of justice.

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the North Lawn of the White House on June 15, 2018.

Mr Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the witness tampering charges and will be detained in prison until his September trial.

Manafort's attorneys argued that his "innocuous" contacts with witnesses was twisted into a "sinister plot" of witness tampering by prosecutors.

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