U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Monday she would not make a ruling on release conditions for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe until they reached agreements with prosecutors. Manafort’s lawyers proposed posting $12.5 million worth of assets for his release.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates appeared in federal court to discuss bail but both will remain under house arrest for now, the National Law Journal reports. Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty to charges in a 12-count indictment. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Monday she would not make a ruling on release conditions for the two men until they reached agreements with prosecutors. Over the weekend, Manafort’s lawyers, Kevin Downing and Tom Zehnle, proposed posting $12.5 million worth of assets for his release, including a home in Florida and two in New York City.
Federal government lawyers questioned Manafort’s valuation of his net worth, saying that no bail agreement could be reached until Manafort was clear about the value of his assets. The government lawyers appeared willing to take a lower bond package worth $10 million, and allowing Manafort to travel to New York and Florida for business reasons. Jackson said the charges against Manafort suggest he’s an expert in international investment and other complex issues, so she’s still concerned about Manafort and Gates’ potential to flee.