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‘He’s going to have to bring his toothbrush to court’: Ex-DOJ official predicts Manafort going to prison on Friday

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Paul Manafort appearing on "Meet The Press" (screengrab)

Former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman counseled Paul Manafort to bring a toothbrush to court on Friday, because the former prosecutor expects him to be sent directly to federal prison. Litman made his statements during an interview with Deadline: White House host Nicolle Wallace.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked a judge to revoke Manafort’s bail after the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign allegedly witness tampered while under house arrest.

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“What do you think is going on here with Manafort and do you think he’s going to jail?” Wallace asked.

“I think he’s going to jail,” he replied.

Litman, a law professor at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of California San Diego, also served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

“This is the stupidest thing that a defendant can do, this sort of witness tampering,” he added.

“Prosecutors hate this, judges hate this and he’s going to have to bring his toothbrush to court on Friday because the statue says, if they find this happened, there’s a presumption that no circumstances exist that will get him safely there for trial,” Litman explained. “So there’s the real prospect that he now goes to jail, never to leave even until the end of his sentence.”

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This added pressure could increase the chances that Manafort will seek to cut a deal with the special counsel, in which he would plead guilty and receive a smaller sentence by testifying against those above him in the organization.

“He’s looking at being in prison, which is a very sort of focusing event, by Friday,” Litman concluded.

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