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Manafort, Gates remain under house arrest

Manafort, Gates remain under house arrest

Paul Manafort, the indicted former campaign chairman of President Donald Trump, explained in a pre-trial court filing why he traveled to China and other countries with a mobile phone registered to an alias, and why he had three passports.

At a hearing in Washington, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she won't make a decision on both defendants' bail until she receives more information on their financial situation.

Manafort and Rick Gates surrendered last week to face charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. Even if bail is set, Judge Jackson proposed the two remain under Global Positioning System monitoring and only be allowed to stay around Washington (Manafort) or Richmond, Virginia (Gates) while being subject to curfews and ordered to stay away from airports and train stations.

Jackson's original intention was to lift the home confinement but ordered that both men stay away from transportation facilities and continue to be tracked by a Global Positioning System monitor, she said, but said she will "keep an open mind".

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

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For the time being, Paul Manafort will have to learn how to work his expansive wardrobe around his Global Positioning System ankle monitor, a federal judge ruled on Monday. The two have pleaded not guilty. Those amounts reflect money the men would have to forfeit if they failed to return to court as required.

In the court filing, Manafort's lawyers estimated that real estate to be worth $8 million, meaning he would be on the hook for $12.5 million in assets if he violated his bail.

Prosecutors have described Manafort and Gates as potential flight risks given the seriousness of the charges against them, their personal wealth and the possibility of yearslong prison sentences.

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. 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.


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