Manafort and Gates Win Freedom for Thanksgiving But They Can't Drink

Elias Hubbard
November 22, 2017

A federal judge on Tuesday eased the terms of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's house arrest so he can travel during the Thanksgiving holiday - with the caveat he will not drink alcohol or remove his Global Positioning System ankle monitor. Both men are prohibited from consuming alcohol while they are celebrating, and will continue to wear Global Positioning System monitoring devices.

Manafort's attorney on Monday filed a motion requesting release "for the limited goal of local travel", Politico reported.

The two men were placed under house arrest October 30, after being charged with money laundering as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The 12-count indictment includes fives counts against Gates.

In Monday's court proceedings, Jackson also reminded Manafort and Gates' lawyers that she has yet to receive acceptable filings about what they propose to offer in exchange for their clients' eventual bond release.

Mueller alleges they were paid tens of thousands of dollars for the work and then laundered the money "in order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities".

So unless they actually flee the country or break their deal with the federal judge, Manafort and Gates will endure Thanksgiving family-time completely sober - so pour one out for the two Trump lackeys this Thursday.

This story was updated at 2:03 p.m.

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