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07 November, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Once that information is filed, she proposed that pair remain under Global Positioning System monitoring, but be allowed to travel in their local area - the Washington area for Manafort and Richmond, Virginia, for Gates.

Over the weekend, Manafort offered to post more than $12 million of real estate and insurance assets in order to avoid house arrest, but the federal judge presiding over the case rejected the offer.

A federal judge suggested special counsel Robert Mueller's office are going too easy on Paul Manafort and his longtime business partner.

The indictment charges Manafort and Gates with conspiracy to defraud the US, money laundering and violations of lobbying laws in connection with Manafort's lobbying work for pro-Russian party in Ukraine.

"While some reports have painted this as though Mr. Manafort is akin to a 68-year-old "Jason Bourne" character, the facts are much more mundane", his attorneys said, referring to the fictional former Central Intelligence Agency assassin created by novelist Robert Ludlum, and portrayed in several movies by actor Matt Damon. They said Manafort traveled to China and elsewhere with a phone registered to an alias - his brother's name - because he wanted to maintain confidentiality while working as a political consultant to high-profile clients.

The government has not yet filed a response to Manafort's proposed conditions for expanded release, and the judge is expected to consider Manafort's request at a hearing Monday. Downing argued that Manafort isn't a flight risk, in part, because his offshore accounts don't have much money in them, and the majority of his assets are in the U.S. He added that despite his characterizations in the media, Manafort isn't "a 68-year-old "Jason Bourne" character".

Manafort may owe $10 million if he violates his release terms, while Gates could owe $5 million if he violates his terms. And Manafort ended up with three passports because he had two - with one he sent away for foreign visa applications - then lost the first and applied for a third, the lawyer said. He pledged not to travel overseas.

They still contend he's a flight risk, and say his total net worth - which Manafort claims is $28 million - is unclear until he gives them more details.


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