"This is not middle school, I can't take away his cellphone", she said in court.
"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.
New evidence of communication practices were introduced by one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's attorneys to help seal Manafort's fate until trial in D.C. In light of the judge's ruling, it appears these were persuasive. "It is not about the conduct of the Office of Special Counsel".
Another witness was contacted by a Manafort associate who said the defendant was looking to share with the witness his own version of "what's going on". Westling asked the judge to simply issue a more specific order for Manafort to follow while out on bail.
"This is not about politics", she said. "Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign". "I feel badly for some people, because they've gone back 12 years to find things about somebody, and I don't think it's right".
Speaking to reporters earlier, Trump sought to play down Manafort's influence on the campaign, saying he "worked for me for a very short period of time". If he is found guilty of all charges, he could well face the remainder of his life in incarceration. He had remained on home confinement in Alexandria, Virginia, and had been required to wear an electronic monitoring device. The decision means he will await his criminal trial for allegedly tampering with witnesses in the Russian investigation while in jail. Chuck Todd and Pete Williams speculate that this could force Manafort to flip on Trump, but that's a pretty weak speculation.
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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.
"[Manafort] is a guy who is tampering with witnesses in his own case", he said, adding that the former partner at Black, Manafort & Stone embodies "sleaze, corruption and the worst kind of stuff".
In March, he also pleaded not guilty to charges of bank and tax fraud, setting up the July trial. His attorneys have argued that Manafort didn't do anything wrong and accused prosecutors of conjuring a "sinister plot" out of "innocuous" contacts with witnesses.
Bail comes with conditions, like not committing any additional crimes while you're free and not contacting or otherwise meddling with witnesses.
The obstruction charges flow out of lobbying work in 2012 on behalf of Ukraine's pro-Russian president at the time, Viktor Yanukovych, and his Party of Regions.
Kilimnik, a former army-trained linguist with alleged ties to Russian intelligence, was included in an updated indictment of Manafort that accused both of witness tampering. "I need to give you a heads up", Andres said, citing testimony that Person D1 provided prosecutors.
When Manafort was first indicted, the White House said the charges had nothing to do with the president and the 2016 campaign.