A federal judge said Monday that she was inclined to remove from house arrest two former aides to President Donald Trump's campaign but would not do so until receiving more detailed financial information from them.
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.
Manafort and Rick Gates surrendered last week to face charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.
That means the men remain at least for now on home confinement, a condition imposed last week following their indictment.
The indictment charges Manafort and Gates with conspiracy to defraud the USA, money laundering and violations of lobbying laws in connection with Manafort's lobbying work for pro-Russian party in Ukraine. Even if bail is set, Judge Jackson proposed the two remain under Global Positioning System monitoring and only be allowed to stay around Washington (Manafort) or Richmond, Virginia (Gates) while being subject to curfews and ordered to stay away from airports and train stations. They have pleaded not guilty. He would not be able to apply for a new passport (his three passports have been confiscated). The decision is expected to be reached prior to Manafort and Gates' next court appearance in December where a trial date will be determined.
The request that a federal judge modify his conditions of release says he wants to be allowed to travel between Florida, New York and Virginia, where he has homes, as well as Washington, D.C. They said Manafort traveled to China and elsewhere with a phone registered to an alias - his brother's name - because he wanted to maintain confidentiality while working as a political consultant to high-profile clients. Downing argued that Manafort isn't a flight risk, in part, because his offshore accounts don't have much money in them, and the majority of his assets are in the U.S. He added that despite his characterizations in the media, Manafort isn't "a 68-year-old "Jason Bourne" character".
At issue is a solid determination of Manafort's net worth, which would allow prosecutors to decide what amount of bail they believe would be necessary to secure his return to court.