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Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2018.

He also was charged this month with witness tampering by special counsel Robert Mueller, who said he tried to contact witnesses to influence their testimony while he was out on bond from February 24 through April 4.

USA TODAY is providing live coverage outside the federal courthouse where Manafort is testifying beginning at 10:00 am ET in the player above.

But she couldn't "turn a blind eye" to his conduct or ensure he would abide by her orders if he remained on house arrest.

'This is not middle school.

Manafort will now have to prepare for two federal trials, one in Washington on September 17 and the other in Virginia on July 25, while locked up in a jail cell. "I struggled with this decision", Jackson said.

Mueller's team said Manafort wanted the witnesses to back up his claim that prominent Europeans he hired didn't lobby for Ukraine in the US, which would be illegal. Four days later, a grand jury indicted Manafort anew, accusing him and an associate of witness tampering.


Already under intense pressure to co-operate with prosecutors in hopes of securing leniency, Mr 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.

Manafort is awaiting trial scheduled to start later this year after having been charged in October with bank fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and other crimes.

Andres said Manafort had carried out a "sustained campaign" over five weeks to influence the witnesses' testimony, which he said was part of Manafort's "history of deception in this case".

Jackson said she was "very troubled" by Manafort's contacts with witnesses. They suggested the solution would be for prosecutors to identify their witnesses and then the judge can tell Manafort whom he cannot contact.

The court filing said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had documents, statements, and telephone records showing that he attempted to communicate with the potential witnesses in February in violation of the terms of his release on bail. Manafort has also pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Manafort's attorneys have accused prosecutors of conjuring a "sinister plot" out of "innocuous" contacts.

Manafort has repeatedly declared his intention to fight the charges in both jurisdictions, with his attorneys saying that he is being wrongly prosecuted for financial activities that have nothing to do with Russian interference in the 2016 election, the main focus of Mueller's investigation. One of the documents was a 2013 memo from Manafort to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.


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