Judge Keeps Former Trump Campaign Officials Under House Arrest

Judge Keeps Former Trump Campaign Officials Under House Arrest

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson made a decision to keep in place the restrictions that were put on the two men at their initial court appearance on Monday.

Jackson did say she would allow Gates to leave his home on Saturday and Sunday to attend his children's sports games, but she left the house arrest conditions in place until Monday's hearing.

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Paul Manafort, who served briefly as Donald Trump's election campaign manager, and business associate Rick Gates are expected to make their first appearances on Thursday before the US judge overseeing a criminal case brought by a special counsel investigating campaign ties to Russian Federation.

The allegations are not related to campaign activities but reveal close ties to Russian Federation, and include activities from 2006 to 2017, which overlaps with the mens' work on Trump's campaign. Attorneys for Manafort and Gates said they would ask to go free on their personal recognizance and remain on unsecured bond.

Former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russians.

They both pleaded not guilty on Monday and a federal magistrate ordered them held on home confinement and set bail at $10 million for Manafort and $5 million for Gates.

Kevin Downing, Manafort's lawyer, did not respond to a request for comment ahead of the hearing.

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"I expect counsel to do their talking in the courtroom and in their pleadings, and not on the courthouse steps", Jackson said.

Prosecutors disclosed additional details about the wealth and global connections of Manafort and Gates in a court filing earlier this week that sought to keep them confined to their houses. Prosecutors would like the defendants to post assets or real estate as bond.

The government said in loan applications and financial documents Manafort assessed his financial holdings as ranging from $136 million in May 2016 to $28 million and $63 million that August, in two separate financial applications. And prosecutors say that in March, he registered a phone and an email account using an alias.

Manafort traveled to Mexico, China and Ecuador in 2017, prosecutors said.

Manafort's lawyers say that "it is perfectly permissible" for their client to have multiple passports, which they indicate "individuals who travel overseas extensively no doubt know".

Downing also denied that Manafort was involved in any criminal activity related to his Ukrainian work.

Manafort was not trying to hide his assets, his attorney said, noting that funds originating in Ukraine and going through Cyprus ultimately arrived in the United States. They also note the legal history surrounding the DOJ's Foreign Agents Registration Act. The Justice Department, they said, has brought only six criminal prosecutions under that statute since 1966 and secured only one conviction during that period.

Richard Gates leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse following a hearing November 2, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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