Court documents filed on Thursday reveal that prosecutors told former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that he would be indicted in connection with the Russia investigation back in August.
It is safe to say Manafort knew the heat was on, as his house was also raided at 6 a.m. by the FBI the month before.
The filing also revealed Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, argued that the charge Manafort be placed on house arrest because he is a flight risk is excessive and that he has strong familial ties to the US.
Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including tax fraud and money laundering. Richard Gates, Manafort’s former associate, was also charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
Kevin Downing, Manafort’s attorney, filed paperwork Thursday in U.S. District Court arguing that his client isn’t a flight risk.
Prosecutors requested Manafort be released on house arrest, arguing he is a flight risk because of the seriousness of the charges and the extent of his ties abroad. Bail was set at $10 million.
Downing, however, argued Manafort has been aware of Mueller’s investigation “for many months.” He cited a search warrant executed at Manafort’s Virginia residence in July, and said that prosecutors told Manafort in August he’d be indicted, which The New York Times reported in September.
“During this investigation period, Mr. Manafort traveled overseas on business and, to no one’s surprise, he returned to the United States,” Downing said.
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