A US judge has sent Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to jail on Friday to await his trial on charges that he tried to influence two witnesses after he was granted bail, The New York Times reported.
Manafort's bail was revoked and he was sent to jail for tampering with two witnesses in connection to his case in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion investigation, according to the media outlet.
US President Donald Trump characterized Manafort's sentence as "tough" and "unfair."
Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns. Didn’t know Manafort was the head of the Mob. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018
Mueller had previously charged Manafort with conspiracy, money-laundering and acting as an unregistered foreign agent for work he did for the Ukrainian government. Manafort was confined to his home with an electronic bracelet after he was first indicted in October 2017 during Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the US.
Manafort is due to stand trial in Washington in September over allegations of undisclosed lobbying for the Ukrainian government. In July, he will also face a trial for tax and bank fraud charges.