A judge on Friday sent longtime Republican political operator and businessman Paul Manafort to jail pending trial after a charge of witness tampering, the latest episode in a slow fall from grace of a man who was President Donald Trump's campaign chairman in 2016.
But last week, prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, filed two new counts of obstruction of justice against Manafort and asked that his bail be revoked because he had committed new crimes.
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.
He had been confined to his home in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia and forced to wear a Global Positioning System monitoring device since October.
He will remain in pretrial detention until a trial in September on charges stemming from his business dealings, including conspiracy and money laundering; he also faces a separate trial in Virginia.
Manafort is facing trials in Virginia and Washington, DC, with the former scheduled to start in July. He turned and gave a last look and wave to his wife, seated in the well of the court.
After Jackson's ruling, Trump tweeted that Manafort got a "tough sentence" - though he hasn't actually been sentenced for anything - and tried to downplay his involvement with the campaign.
Manafort's attorney Richard Westling denied during the hearing that his client tampered with any witness. (Manafort is accused of witness tampering by phone and text.) "This is not middle school", she said.
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Hours after Manafort's bail was revoked on Friday, Mueller's office told the court it would introduce evidence at trial that Manafort sought to circumvent Ukrainian public procurement law by masking the size of payments to a USA law firm that wrote a report aimed at discrediting Yanukovych's chief political rival. "I have no appetite for this", she added.
"I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally discredited", Trump said.
In addition to conspiracy to launder money and defraud the United States, the charges against Mr Manafort in Washington include failing to register as a foreign agent for the pro-Russia Ukrainian government under former president Viktor Yanukovych.
"You know, Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time".
A Manafort associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, also was charged with obstruction in connection with the alleged approaches to witnesses.
Manafort's attorneys have accused prosecutors of conjuring a "sinister plot" out of "innocuous" contacts.
Andres revealed that one of the witnesses was driving with his wife in rural Italy when Manafort contacted him on February 24, the day after he was indicted on expanded charges in Washington.