Mueller's team reaches $11 million bail deal with Manafort
Dec 02 2017
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has reached a bail compromise with the special counsel that could end his house arrest and Global Positioning System monitoring in exchange for pledging to forfeit $11 million worth of property if he violates release conditions.
In the days after they were charged, lawyers for both Manafort and Gates expressed confidence that they would quickly be freed on bail. According to Bloomberg, the terms of the agreement would allow Manafort to travel between his homes; if he skips bail, all four of the homes would be subject to forfeiture.
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. He can also travel to and from Washington, D.C. where proceedings are scheduled.
Manafort would have to forfeit all four properties if he violates the terms of his bail.
Under the proposed release conditions, Manafort would be allowed to travel to Florida, Virginia, and NY - where he has homes and does business - without needing special permission from the court, but he would need approval to travel elsewhere in the United States. He turned over his three US passports to prosecutors after his arrest.
Manafort will also have to "report on a regular basis" to the DC Pretrial Services Agency and will be required to provide an itinerary for any domestic travel "at least 24 hours in advance", the filing said.
Jackson had said she was inclined to release both defendants from home arrest but preferred keeping them under electronic Global Positioning System tracking, saying at one point, "I think if they leave and don't come back, we need to know where they went".