A federal judge revoked Paul Manafort's bail and sent him to jail on Friday to await trial, citing new charges that Manafort had tried to influence the testimony of two of the government's witnesses after he had been granted bail. Rather, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jacksona revoked Manafort's bail after he was accused of tampering with witnesses in the case against him.
In asking for Manafort to be jailed, prosecutor Greg Andres said in court that there was a danger Manafort would continue to commit crimes.
"What makes the Manafort case unique is that there is a shadow hanging over it, which is the presidential pardon power", said Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor who has worked with members of Mueller's team in the past.
Mr Manafort is now confined to his home in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, and forced to wear a Global Positioning System monitoring device.
Manafort is facing multiple charges of money laundering, bank fraud and illegal lobbying. He has pleaded not guilty to all of them.
Mr Manafort's trial on the related charges in Virginia is set for July 25.
It was not immediately clear where Manafort will be held, but any jail cell represents a significant downgrade.More news: IG Report: Comey’s Handling of Clinton Investigation ‘Negatively Impacted’ FBI
On Friday morning, Mr Trump distanced himself from his former campaign aide.
He also said Manafort made a phone call on February 24 to one a witness in which Manafort asked for a "heads up" about the "Hapsburg group", which Mueller has called "a group of former senior European politicians to take positions favorable to Ukraine, including by lobbying in the United States".
President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested on Friday that President Donald Trump will not pardon anyone involved in the Russian Federation investigation while the probe is ongoing, but emphasized that the President will not "give up his right to pardon" either.
Faulkner snaps, "We started with that" then changes the conversation to keep talking about what she said was the most important story of the day.
"Well, I feel badly about a lot of them, because I think a lot of it is very unfair", Mr. Trump said.
Mueller is accusing Manafort and Kilimnik of tampering with two witnesses.
Mueller's office last week also charged Manafort's longtime Russian confidant, Konstantin Kilimnik, with obstruction.
Manafort's attorneys claim that Mueller hasn't provided them with a witness list so that they don't know whom Manafort should be forbidden to contact.