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Manafort Agrees To $11.7 Million Bail Deal With Mueller's Team

02 December, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Bond Hearing Held For Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort

Lawyers for President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Thursday that they reached an agreement with prosecutors to free him from house arrest until his trial on federal money laundering and conspiracy charges.

Mr. Mueller's team brought charges against Mr. Manafort and his top deputy, Richard Gates, last month as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible cooperation with members of the Trump campaign. Special Counsel Robert Mueller agreed to the bail terms, which need the approval of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, according to a filing by Manafort's lawyers. Gates has not yet announced whether he has reached agreement on bail with prosecutors or whether he would ask the judge for release without one.

Manafort has agreed to forfeit four properties worth about $11.65 million if there is a bail violation, the court document said. "The OSC has agreed that the properties posted provide the reasonable assurance required under the Bail Reform Act", Mueller's attorneys wrote. He can also travel to and from Washington, D.C. where proceedings are scheduled. Heretofore, Manafort has only been allowed to leave his Virginia home to appear in court, confer with counsel, attend religious services, or obtain medical care.




The deal took weeks longer than the "48 hours" prosecutor Greg Andres predicted in a November 6 hearing, and came after both sides sparred over the extent and disclosure of Manafort's assets.

The revelations come one day after CNN reported Mueller chose to delay grand jury testimony from an associate of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in a sign Flynn may have struck a plea bargain with Mueller's office. A footnote in the filing says Manafort has three passports with different numbers and has "submitted ten United States Passport applications on ten different occasions" over the past decade.

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