Manafort Loses Appeal Seeking to Be Freed Ahead of D.C. Trial

(Bloomberg) -- Paul Manafort will have to stay in jail ahead of his money-laundering and obstruction of justice trial in Washington, which is scheduled to start Sept. 17.

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected Manafort’s appeal of a judge’s order sending him to jail before the trial, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman of attempting to tamper with witnesses.

An appeals court judge issued a 16-page ruling affirming the trial judge’s order.

Manafort also faces tax and bank-fraud charges in Alexandria, Virginia. His trial on those charges begins Tuesday with jury selection.

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