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'This Isn't Middle School': Judge Sends Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort to Jail Over Witness Tampering

Facing a possible life sentence on numerous charges, development raises questions about future cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse after a bail hearing November 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Manafort on Friday was sent to jail by a judge after prosecutors accused him of witness tampering. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Saying the court could not "turn a blind eye" to accusations by prosecutors of witness tampering, a judge on Friday sent Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, to jail—revoking his house arrest as he faces trial on numerous charges.

As the Associated Press reports:

The move by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson made Manafort the first Trump campaign official to be jailed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Already under intense pressure to cooperate with prosecutors in hopes of securing leniency, Manafort now loses the relative freedom he enjoyed while he prepared for two criminal trials in which he faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison.


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"You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago," Jackson said. The judge further castigated the former top aide to the president by saying she had no choice but to remand him into custody. "This isn't middle school," she reportedly declared, "I can't take your phone."

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