A federal judge refused to immediately release former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort from house arrest on Thursday, saying she would revisit the request on Monday.
Manafort has been prohibited from leaving his house since the beginning of the week, except for medical or religious reasons, or to meet his attorneys or appear in court. The federal judge, Amy Berman Jackson, said Thursday that he also would be permitted to attend children's sports events on the weekend, although he would be monitored by GPS.
Attorneys representing Manafort argued Thursday he shouldn’t be under house arrest and that he is not inclined to flee the country, given his $10 million unsecured bond and that he is widely recognized.
"Given the substantial media coverage surrounding Mr. Manafort and this investigation, it is fair to say that he is one of the most recognizable people on the planet today. Query where such an individual could even hide?" Manafort's defense lawyers wrote in a court filing Thursday.
The judge also put a gag order on Manafort's attorney's involved in the case, CNN reported.
The $10 million unsecured bond must be paid by Manafort if he fled or broke the court’s orders. Manafort and his associate Rick Gates are both under house arrest following their indictment and are considered to pose a “risk of flight” based on their charges and connections abroad, special counsel Robert Mueller said in a recent court filing.
A court filing Tuesday revealed Manafort owns three U.S. passports that are issued under separate numbers. Furthermore, he filled out 10 passport applications over the past decade, CNN reported. The filing also revealed extensive traveling by both Manafort and Gates. Manafort visited Mexico, China, and Ecuador this year and has a separate phone and email accounts registered under a fabricated name.
"As a US citizen, Mr. Manafort only has US passports in his name. Although it might be surprising to some, it is perfectly permissible to have more than one US passport, as individuals who travel abroad extensively no doubt know," Manafort’s lawyers wrote.
They also noted that Manafort is not a “danger to the community.”
Manafort and Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury on Monday on 12 charges, including conspiracy against the U.S., as part of Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.
Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty on Monday at a federal courthouse hearing.