Former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman said Tuesday that he expects President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to be sent to federal prison by Friday.
“Prosecutors hate this, judges hate this and he’s going to have to bring his toothbrush to court on Friday because the statute says, if they find this happened, there’s a presumption that no circumstances exist that will get him safely there for trial,” Litman said on MSNBC.
“So there’s the real prospect that he now goes to jail, never to leave even until the end of his sentence.”
The Hill added:
Litman’s comments follow days after special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing that Manafort attempted to tamper with potential witnesses while on pretrial release. Mueller on Monday asked the court to revoke or revise his release conditions in the wake of the court filing.
Litman, who now lectures at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, condemned Manafort’s alleged actions on Tuesday.
“…[T]his is the stupidest thing that a defendant can do, this sort of witness tampering,” he told MSNBC. “He’s looking at being in prison, which is a very sort of focusing event, by Friday,” Litman continued.
Last year the special counsel indicted Manafort on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States, tax fraud and money laundering.
Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.