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Former Trump campaign official, Manafort, to remain under house arrest

Former Trump campaign official, Manafort, to remain under house arrest”

"While some reports have painted this as though Mr. Manafort is akin to a 68-year-old "Jason Bourne" character, the facts are much more mundane", his attorneys said, referring to the fictional former Central Intelligence Agency assassin created by novelist Robert Ludlum, and portrayed in several movies by actor Matt Damon.

Last month, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements during an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 election campaign, apparently as part of a cooperation deal.

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.

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

"It is common practice for many US citizens who travel overseas on business and pleasure to defend themselves against potential hacking, and confiscation, of their electronic devices and data", Manafort's lawyers wrote in the filing in federal court in Washington. And Manafort ended up with three passports because he had two - with one he sent away for foreign visa applications - then lost the first and applied for a third, the lawyer said.

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During an interview on CNN 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're confined to their homes and subject to electronic monitoring.

At a hearing in Washington, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she won't make a decision on both defendants' bail until she receives more information on their financial situation.

Manafort's attorney didn't answer requests for comment from NY.

Manafort has offered a Trump Tower condo, another apartment in New York City's Chinatown and a home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, to ensure his appearance in court, but the judge wasn't sure how much those properties were actually worth.

Prosecutors haven't agreed to the terms as Manafort has had some difficulty assembling supporting documentation, according to the filing.



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