'Very Unfair!': Trump Slams 'Tough Sentence' for Ex-Campaign Chair Paul Manafort

'Very Unfair!': Trump Slams 'Tough Sentence' for Ex-Campaign Chair Paul Manafort

That brings Manafort's grand total to seven criminal charges in DC federal court.

"Paul Manafort, 69 years old, today is the first day of the rest of his life", he said.

Mr Trump on Friday morning attempted to downplay the role of his campaign manager, saying he was a peripheral figure. In fact, Manafort served there for almost five months. Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob.

Manafort does not actually have a "tough sentence", or any sentence, because he has not been convicted.

The judge rejected a request from Manafort's attorneys for him to remain under house arrest but refrain from using electronic devices.

At an impromptu press conference outside the White House the president also weighed in on a new report by the Inspector General's office, which blasted the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, dismissing the report's conclusion that former FBI Director James Comey was not politically motivated in his actions. Clearly agitated by Manafort's conduct, she said there appeared to be no terms of release that she was confident that Manafort would follow.




Mr Manafort, who led the campaign from March until August 2016, was accused of witness tampering while awaiting trial on federal conspiracy and money-laundering charges.

The revocation of Manafort's bail was a fresh sign of the looming collision course between Mueller and Trump, with the White House increasingly anxious that the president could face obstruction of justice charges and an impeachment effort in Congress.

In the Trump team's telling, the president did not know about the meeting, and the information provided by the Russian lawyer proved useless. Prosecutors have previously said Kilimnik has ties to Russian intelligence, which he denies. The witnesses, who had worked with Manafort as he represented a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, have told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that they believed Manafort and Kilimnik were trying to get them to lie about the nature of their work. The distinction matters because unregistered foreign lobbying in the U.S. is a crime, while lobbying exclusively in Europe would be outside the special counsel's jurisdiction. They suggested the solution would be for prosecutors to identify their witnesses and then the judge can tell Manafort whom he cannot contact. He was also charged this month with witness tampering by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who said he tried to contact several witnesses to get stories straight.

In response, prosecutors filed additional documents showing extensive lobbying contacts by the group in the U.S., which they said showed "the falsity of his representation". Manafort is one of the most senior people in President Trump's political orbit to be indicted as part of the Mueller probe.

It described how Mr Manafort had designed a programme that used the Hapsburg members to lobby USA politicians and influence American public opinion, including meetings on Capitol Hill.

"This is not about politics", Jackson said, according to Politico. And he argued that Manafort could not have known the men he contacted were witnesses. Manafort is accused of hiding the money earned in Ukraine from the Internal Revenue Service and obtaining fraudulent bank loans.

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