Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager of US President Donald Trump has been imprisoned pending trial after a Washington judge found that he breached the conditions of his bail.
Manafort has been accused of money laundering, illegal lobbying, and tax fraud. All the charges are connected to the time before he was assigned at the top of the campaign of Donald Trump.
Robert Mueller is investigating the alleged Russian meddling during the last presidential election. Last Friday night, he accused Manafort of breaching the terms of his bail by getting in touch with witnesses prior to his trial.
In a tweet, Trump said that the sentence was “very unfair.”
He posted: “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!”
In 2017, Manafort and Rick Gates, his business associate, pleaded not guilty after being charged on 12 counts, including charges regarding conspiracy against the United States.
Minutes before the FBI revealed the indictments, both men turned themselves in. The charges also included failing to register as a foreign agent, false statements, multiple counts of failure to file reports for foreign bank accounts, and conspiracy to launder money that was received from Ukrainian groups that are pro-Russian.
Manafort has been alleged of laundering over $30m (£22m) and for his failure to disclose his lobbying attempts to the Department of Justice. His trial for lobbying is scheduled to begin in September while the trial for the tax fraud is set to begin next month.
The said indictments are not linked with the accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the presidential elections in the United States of America in 2016.
In his investigation, Mueller has so far indicted the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and former foreign policy advisers, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos.
None of the charges against the three were related to alleged collusion with Russia.