Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was ordered to be jailed Friday by a federal judge over charges he engaged in witness tampering while free on bail.
“You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago,’’ U.S. District Court judge Amy Berman Jackson told Manafort. “The government motion will be granted and the defendant will be detained.”
Jackson said she faced “an extraordinarily difficult decision” but determined his alleged contact with witnesses in the case encouraging them to lie left her little choice.
“This is not middle school. I can’t take away his cell phone,” she said. “If I tell him not to call 56 witnesses, will he call the 57th?” She said she should not have to draft a court order spelling out the entire criminal code for him to avoid violations.
“This hearing is not about politics. It is not about the conduct of the office of special counsel. It is about the defendant’s conduct,” Jackson said. “I’m concerned you seem to treat these proceedings as another marketing exercise.”
The Post reported it is unclear where Manafort, who had been confined to his home with electronic monitoring, would be jailed.
Manafort has denied all allegations of witness tampering.