Indicted former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will be able to sing ‘Joy to the World’ with his family and in-laws this month in the Hamptons – and it won’t violate his bail agreement.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson granted his request Monday to spend five days at his house in the tony Long Island town of Bridgehampton, and to bend the rules of his 11:00 p.m. curfew to attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
At least three Manafort homes are now involved in the conditions of a $10 million bail deal that requires him to wear a GPS ankle monitor and remain on house arrest.
Manafort is required to file detailed itineraries with federal pre-trial officials whenever he wants to deviate from the terms of his bail. Straying without permission could land him behind bars until his trial on money laundering and other charges.
Indicted former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will spend Christmas in the Hamptons despite being on pre-trial house arrest, thanks to a lenient federal judge
Manafort’s sprawling property in Bridgehampton, on Long Island, includes tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool and a putting green
Berman had already approved a plan on Friday to change the site of Manafort’s house arrest from his condominium in central Virginia to a larger house in South Florida.
She didn’t seem happy to hear from his lawyers again.
‘It is somewhat burdensome to the Court and to Pretrial Services for defendant to ask now that a new set of conditions be crafted to accommodate an entirely different arrangement,’ she wrote in a brief order, ‘and the motion seeks more flexibility than will be granted given the fact that the defendant has not yet satisfied the conditions for his release from home confinement.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates in late October.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to all charges, which include money laundering, fraud conspiracy.
Manafort’s $10 million bail is ‘unsecured,’ meaning he wasn’t required to put money down but would be in debt to the government if he fled the U.S. or failed to show up for trial.
Manafort was Donald Trump’s campaign manager during the tumultuous period leading up to the Republican National Convention last year, after which the future president cut him loose
Which house for house arrest? This house in Palm Beach, Florida – not far from Trump’s palatial Mar-a-Lago resort club – is the pad where Manafort will remain on house-arrest pending a multi-count federal trial
Jackson noted Monday that one condition of that deal, proof that his wife has cash or securities worth at least $5 million – and his daughter another $2 million – remains unsatisfied.
His lawyers are required to submit his Hamptons itinerary by noon Wednesday.
Manafort asked for permission to stay at his house there during the Christmas holiday, and to make the roughly ten-mile trip to his in-laws’ home in East Hampton as well.
‘[T]he age and/or infirmness of certain individuals living in East Hampton, NY, now prevents them from traveling, or only traveling with great efforts being made to do so,’ the lawyers’ motion argued.
‘Family members from California, Illinois, Connecticut and New York will be traveling to Bridgehampton to celebrate the holiday.’
Manafort and his wife Kathleen are shown arriving at the U.S. Courthouse in Washington, D.C. for a status conference before Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Judge Jackson wrote an impatient-sounding order on Monday granting Manafort leave to spend Christmas in one fancy home instead of another – and to break curfew for Midnight Mass with his family
Manafort had another home in Northern Virginia, a condo in this Alexandria building on the Potomac River, which the FBI raided last year
Forcing everyone to travel to see him in Richmond where he’s confined to one of his homes, the attorneys wrote, ‘would splinter the family’s regular religious celebration by precluding attendance by close family members and by not providing adequate accommodations for the other guests traveling significant distances to be with their family.’
In addition to that condo and his homes in South Florida and the Hamptons, Manafort has a waterfront condo in Alexandria, Virginia – his residence near Washington, D.C. that the FBI raided in July 2016.
Court records also show he owns a $2.8 million New York condo in lower Manhattan, which he used for rental income.