Paul Manafort, the Russia-backed former Trump campaign chairman who was indicted on twelve charges, including tax evasion, money laundering, and conspiracy against the United States, has stayed under house arrest since Special Prosecutor Mueller charged him on October 30. He pleaded not guilty, but apparently that ankle bracelet is feeling tighter every day. Today, Politico reporter Josh Gerstein tweeted that Manafort is striking a bail deal with Mueller’s team.
DEVELOPING: Manafort appears to have struck a bail deal with Special Counsel Mueller's prosecution team. Details TBD.
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) November 30, 2017
The terms of the deal exchange Manafort’s guilty plea for no more house arrest, no GPS tracking device, and the forfeiture of four properties amounting to $11.65 million, in the event that he tries to flea the country to one of the rogue nations with which he regularly does business.
Just in: Paul Manafort's motion to modify his release conditions, which Mueller's team has agreed to — no house arrest and no GPS, and he would forfeit four properties valued at $11.65M if he flees https://t.co/CEZo8OfKtt http://pic.twitter.com/w8EOxIuYPG
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) November 30, 2017
According to a brand-new report from Talking Points Memo, Manafort, who has been held on $10 million bail, has, “[O]ffered Mueller’s team two [redacted] people who can serve as guarantors for an ‘agreed-upon bail package with the Office of Special Counsel.'”
The prosecution expressed concerns that Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, who was also indicted, could be flight risks, but they acknowledged they would be willing to do a bail deal like the one they are coming to now.
The Talking Points Memo adds:
Mueller has also raised concerns that the bail guarantor Gates offered was also serving as a surety for a business associate of Gates who is currently facing charges of a fraudulent film investment scheme. It is unclear how close Gates is to reaching an agreement with Mueller on a bail package.
Trump, who has had a 30-year relationship with Manafort, has thrown him under the bus, acting as if he barely knew him, to try to save his own hide from Mueller’s investigation, which now that it has both Manafort and former National Security Advisor General Flynn doing plea deals, is inching closer and closer to the corrupt madman at the top. Ostensibly, both plea deals will include valuable information about the Trump campaign, transition team, and White House.
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