Will Paul Manafort Flip on Donald Trump After Being Sent to Jail?

A federal judge on Friday ordered ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to jail, revoking his house arrest as he awaited the outcome of separate trials on charges of money laundering and fraud.

Prosecutors alleged that Manafort tampered with two witnesses during special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Manafort was previously released on house arrest but will be in jail awaiting trial after a federal judge revoked his bail, saying that she "cannot turn a blind eye to this." Judge Amy Berman Jakcson said that she could not release Manafort with more restrictions, according to NBC News.

"You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago,'' she told Manafort, according to The Washington Post. "This isn't middle school, I can't take your phone. If I tell him not to call 56 witnesses, will he call the 57th?"

When the ruling was handed down, Manafort reportedly nodded to his attorney, was taken into custody and gave a wave to his wife as he was escorted out of the courtroom.

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Moments after the order, Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York whom President Trump fired just three months into his presidency, suggested that now might be the time for Manafort to cooperate with the Mueller investigation and turn on Trump.

Manafort was first indicted back in October on charges including tax fraud and conspiracy against the U.S. Prosecutors alleged that over the course of a decade before his involvement with the Trump campaign, Manafort lobbied undisclosed for a party in Ukraine and a former pro-Russian politician, laundering more than $30 million. In new charges last week, prosecutors said that Manafort and a Russian business associate tried to persuade two potential witnesses into telling Mueller and his team that Manafort did not conduct any of his lobbying in the U.S.

Now just a week later, Manafort has been sent to jail and will remain there until his next court date in September.

Just hours before the Judge Jackson sent Manafort to jail, Trump told reporters during an impromptu appearance on the White House lawn that he "felt badly" for Manafort being investigated because the alleged crimes occurred years prior to Manafort joining the Trump campaign.

"You know, Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time. He worked for Ronald Reagan. He worked for Bob Dole. He worked for John McCain, or his firm did. He worked for many other republicans," Trump said. "He worked for me, what, 49 days or something. Very short period of time."

When asked by reporters if there was any consideration of a pardon, Trump responded: "I don't want to talk about that. I do want to see people treated fairly."

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