Judge Hearing Arguments for Manafort, Gates to Be Removed From Home Detention

Natalia Veselnitskaya the Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr in Trump Tower in June 2016

Natalia Veselnitskaya the Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr in Trump Tower in June 2016

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Saturday offered up his Trump Tower apartment in New York City and other properties as a guarantee he will not flee the country as part of a court filing in which his lawyers asked he be granted more freedom to travel between his homes and businesses.

"We're not talking about dangerousness here; we are only talking about flight [risk]", Berman Jackson said, indicating she doesn't believe either defendant poses a danger to the public.

After last week's indictment against Manafort and Gates for alleged money laundering and other financial crimes involving their now-defunct global consulting business, Manafort was fitted with an ankle-bracelet for global Positioning System monitoring and placed under home confinement while the judge set a $10 million unsecured bond.

Both must remain in their homes in Virginia with electronic Global Positioning System monitoring them until they work out a deal to disclose their assets and secure a bond, Jackson said during hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington.

During an interview on CNN on Sunday, Bharara said he had no idea what evidence special counsel Robert Mueller had to back up charges of money laundering, tax evasion and conspiracy, but if convicted, Manafort would spend serious time behind bars. They have pleaded not guilty. The men are accused of laundering the profits of foreign consulting work performed on behalf of a Ukrainian political party and concealing those assets from the USA government.

The judge also has considered issuing a gag order in the case, but that topic was not addressed at Monday's hearing.

At their first court appearance last week, a federal magistrate released Manafort on $10 million bond and Gates on $5 million bond.

In court papers, Manafort pledged $12.5 million in real estate assets in NY and Florida and life insurance policies.

Manafort's attorney didn't answer requests for comment from NY. "We're talking about [the risk of] flight".

"Though prosecutors have said Manafort had three passports with different numbers, his lawyers objected to efforts to portray him as a "'Jason Bourne' character".

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