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Jun 15, 2018

This Week: Manafort Goes To Jail Over Witness Tampering

Paul Manafort, chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was sent to jail on Friday by a federal judge. Manafort was accused of witness tampering while awaiting trial on conspiracy and money-laundering charges — an additional crime which prompted a judge to revoke his bail. He was brought into the prisoner holding area immediately after the morning hearing, and will remain in jail until the first of his two federal trials gets underway in July. Trump called the judge’s decision “very unfair,” noting that Manafort was not “the head of the Mob.” Another onetime Trump ally may be preparing to cooperate with federal prosecutors to avoid Manafort’s fate. Michael Cohen this week signaled to friends and family his willingness to flip, both to relieve pressure on himself and out of irritation that he’s been given the cold shoulder by Trumpland. For now, Cohen is preparing to split from his legal team at McDermott, a move that sources close to Cohen…

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