Paul Manafort to be Released From House Arrest on Strict Conditions

Paul Manafort to be Released From House Arrest on Strict Conditions

Cheryl Sanders
December 16, 2017

A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings.

Manafort's attorneys had initially asked that he be allowed to travel freely between Florida, the D.C. area and NY, citing his need to earn a living. He'll have to wear a Global Positioning System monitoring bracelet, remain in his home from 11 7 a.m., and secure the permission of the court if he wants to travel any further than Broward or Palm Beach counties.

The decision followed a dispute between Manafort's legal team and prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who accused Manafort of violating a court order restricting public statements about the case.

He is being prosecuted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as part of Mueller's investigation into accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

To qualify for release from house arrest, Manafort has to agree to forfeit four properties, including one in Virginia, two in NY and his home in Florida. Jackson ordered Manafort's wife to surrender all passports, barred him from foreign travel, and ordered him to stay away from transportation facilities including commercial and private airports and train and bus stations except for approved travel. The assets can not be touched without a court order.

Manafort served as campaign adviser to and later campaign chairman for Trump until his resignation three months before Election Day 2016, when his ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine were exposed.

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty earlier this month of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian Federation.

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