Manafort and Gates Pose ‘Serious Risk of Flight,’ Says Mueller


WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates posed a “serious risk of flight” because of their wealth and connections abroad, Special Counsel Robert Mueller argued in newly filed court papers.

A federal judge granted Mueller’s request for substantial bail and travel restrictions on the pair, who face a 12-count criminal indictment alleging money laundering and bank, tax and lobbying disclosure violations.

“The defendants pose a risk of flight based on the serious nature of the charges, their history of deceptive and misleading conduct, the potentially significant sentences the defendants face, the strong evidence of guilt, their significant financial resources, and their foreign connections,” Mueller’s office wrote in a bail memo unsealed Tuesday.

“Both have had substantial overseas ties, including badets held abroad, significant foreign work connections, and significant travel abroad. Those aspects of the defendants’ history and characteristics evidence a risk of flight.”

Image: Donald Trump and Paul Manafort

Donald Trump, flanked by campaign manager Paul Manafort and daughter Ivanka Trump, checks the podium in preparation for accepting the GOP nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 21, 2016.