Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates appeared in federal court to discuss bail in Washington, D.C., Monday, but both will remain under house arrest for now.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson did not make any rulings, though she did ask both parties last week to make pleadings on bail conditions before Monday’s hearing. Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty to charges unsealed in a 12-count indictment on Oct. 31.
Here’s what to know about what happened in court Monday, which marked their third court appearance since the indictment was unsealed:
No Ruling on Release Conditions
Jackson said Monday she would not make a ruling on release conditions for the two men until they reached agreements with prosecutors. Both Manafort and Gates’ lawyers indicated they are close to an agreement, so Jackson did not set any deadline. The special counsel’s prosecution team includes Greg Andres, Kyle Freeney and Andrew Weissman.
Over the weekend, Manafort’s lawyers, Kevin Downing and Tom Zehnle, proposed posting $12.5 million worth of assets for his release, including a home in Florida and two in New York City.
In filings Sunday, government lawyers questioned Manafort’s valuation of his net worth, writing that no bail agreement could be reached until Manafort was clear about the value of his assets. The government lawyers, however, did appear willing to take a lower bond package worth $10 million, and allowing Manafort to travel to New York and Florida for business reasons.
Judge Has Her Own Thoughts
Jackson said the charges against Manafort suggest he’s an expert in international investment and other complex issues, so she’s still concerned about Manafort and Gates’ potential to flee. She said there are several conditions she’s considering, but would wait to see what the defense team and government lawyers come up with before making any decisions.
The judge said she would possibly impose curfews and continue the use of GPS tracking if the men are no longer confined to house arrest. She is also considering a ban on international travel and travel outside the Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, areas where the two men live. She is also considered barring them from visiting transportation locations, such as train stations or airports.
“That’s where I was headed, but I’ll keep an open mind,” Jackson said.
No Trial Date Set
Jackson declined to set a trial date Monday. Instead, the judge set a Dec. 11 status conference to discuss scheduling.
Last week, the judge proposed a May 7 trial date, but noted she has several other criminal trials this spring. Manafort’s lawyers indicated last week that they plan on filing pretrial motions to challenge several aspects of the prosecution, including the charges and evidence. The government also indicated it expects a roughly three-week trial.