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Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates have been granted permission to leave their homes to celebrate Thanksgiving, after they were indicted and placed under house arrest pursuant to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling.
The order was delivered Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
Manafort’s proposed terms of release were that he will “consume no alcohol during this time,” and that he would leave on his GPS monitor.
Lawyers for the two men indicated that Gates would travel to family events in Virginia over Thursday and Friday, while Manafort planned to stay in Northern Virginia.
The two men have been under house arrest since their Oct. 30th court appearance, when they both pleaded “not guilty” to money laundering and tax evasion.
Thanksgiving travel to, from Pittsburgh isn’t good, but Philadelphia is worse
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State officials predict slight uptick in Thanksgiving travel
referring to 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 GPS ankle monitor.
The request was granted by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, in Washington, D.C., and requested by Manafort lawyer Kevin Downing.
Manafort and Rick Gates were charged Oct. 30 in a 12-count indictment related to money laundering, banking and foreign lobbying laws.
Jackson has ordered that Manafort’s secured Internet banking limit be $10 million and Gates’ $5 million.
Gates’ lawyers are offering their client’s home, which they say is worth $2.9 million.
Judge grants Manafort Thanksgiving travel – but no boozing
Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch According to AAA, nearly 51 million Americans are expected to hit the roads and the skies over Thanksgiving week.