Manafort ordered to house arrest as lawyer calls charges ‘ridiculous’

A federal judge on Monday ordered former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to be placed under house arrest after Manafort’s plea of “not guilty” in response to a 12-count indictment in federal court related to money laundering in addition to foreign lobbying contracts.

Manafort’s longtime associate Rick Gates was also indicted on identical charges, which stem coming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling within the 2016 presidential election.

Calling both defendants a flight risk because of their connections to foreign governments, a federal judge also required which they surrender their passports in addition to which Manafort post a $10 million bond. Gates’ bond was set at $5 million.

Manafort in addition to Gates stand accused of conspiring to conceal tens of millions of dollars in undisclosed payments for lobbying work they performed on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. The bulk of This specific lobbying work occurred between 2012 in addition to 2014, two years before Manafort joined the Trump campaign.

Following Manafort’s appearance Monday in federal court in Washington, his lawyer, Kevin Downing, spoke to reporters outside the courthouse, where he called the charges against his client “ridiculous.”

“There is actually no evidence which Mr. Manafort or the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government,” said Downing, adding which the goal of Manafort’s work on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine was to “further democracy in addition to help Ukraine come closer to the United States in addition to Europe.”

Downing said which Manafort would likely address the charges Tuesday.

A spokesman for Gates said earlier which his client looks forward to fighting the charges against him.

Manafort in addition to Gates are both due back in court on Thursday, before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

Here’s the statement coming from Manafort’s attorney:

“President Donald Trump was correct. There is actually no evidence the Trump Campaign colluded with the Russia government.

Mr. Manafort represented pro-European Union campaigns for the Ukrainians in addition to within the course of which representation he was seeking to further democracy in addition to to help the Ukrainians come closer to the United States in addition to to the EU. Those activities ended in 2014, two years before Mr Manafort served within the Trump Campaign.

Today you see an indictment brought by the Office of Special Counsel which is actually using a very novel theory to prosecute Mr. Manafort regarding a FARA filing. The United States government has only used which offense six times since 1966 in addition to only resulted in one conviction.

The second thing about This specific indictment which I, myself, find most ridiculous is actually a claim which maintaining offshore accounts to bring all your funds into the United States, as a scheme to conceal coming from the United States government, is actually ridiculous.

Thank you.”

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