Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort sent to jail to await trial

A judge told Mr Manafort that he had "abused the trust placed in you six months ago"

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort sent to jail to await trial

Paul Manafort arrives at federal court. Picture by: Jacquelyn Martin/AP/Press Association Images

Donald Trump's former campaign manager will be held in jail before his trial after a judge revoked his bail.

Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty to new charges of witness tampering when he appeared in court in Washington DC on Friday.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson decided to revoke his current bail conditions and sent him to jail before his trial, as a result of the new allegations.

She told him he had treated the court proceedings as "just another marketing exercise".

She said: "You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago."

Mr Manafort (69) was previously under home arrest, and was forced to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Judge Jackson has previously refused to end the house arrest after Mr Manafort offered $10 million in real estate as collateral.

According to the prosecution, Mr Manafort and his associate Konstantin Kilimnik attempted to tamper with the witnesses in the case, asking them to lie about the nature of their political work in the Ukraine.

They say the two men asked the witnesses to say the political work was only carried out in Europe, and not the US, although the witnesses know this is not the case.

Mr Manafort's lawyers say he has not done anything wrong and accused prosecutors of conjuring a "sinister plot" out of "innocuous" contacts with witnesses.

Charges

Mr Manafort faces several charges related to his Ukrainian political work and money he funnelled through offshore accounts.

His lawyers filed a memo in court on Friday, written by a witness, which they say shows the nature of the Hapsburg group's work was European-focused.

However prosecution lawyers then filed a 2013 note from Mr Manafort to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych which said he had designed a programme which used the Hapburg's members to lobby US politicians and influence American public opinion.

The charges stem from an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election, which is being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Manafort has been indicted in Washington DC and Virginia including a charge of conspiracy against the United States.

He faces two trials, one in Virginia due to begin on 25 July, and another in the US capital, scheduled to start in September.