Judge rejects Manafort bid to ease bail conditions

Greg Nash

A federal judge on Monday denied former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s request to ease his bail conditions. 

District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said some of the assets Manafort had put forward to post for bail were connected closely to pending bank fraud charges against him in a separate case in the Eastern District of Virginia.

{mosads}Jackson said the bank fraud charges are “not under the jurisdiction of this court and could give rise to remedies outside of this court’s control,” according to Reuters. 

She said Manafort would be able to resubmit a new $10 million bail package.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to charges brought in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The charges against him include money laundering, tax and bank fraud and failing to register as a foreign agent for his Ukraine lobbying work. 

The former campaign chairman has unsuccessfully worked to gather $10 million in assets for bond, in order to ease his house arrest conditions, amid other legal skirmishes with Mueller’s team. 

Manafort on Friday filed a motion to suppress evidence that Mueller’s team found in a storage locker in Virginia, saying the Mueller unlawfully had access to the business records in the unit. 

Meanwhile, it was revealed last week that Mueller moved to seize three of Manafort’s bank accounts last year just one day before indicting him.

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