Manafort asks U.S. court for release to attend New York funeral

From Reuters - February 24, 2018

(Reuters) - Paul Manafort, President Donald Trumps indicted former campaign chairman, asked for court permission on Saturday for release from home confinement to attend the funeral of his father-in-law.

In a filing in federal court in Washington, Manafort said his father-in-law died on Saturday and that he would like to travel from his Virginia home to Long Island, New York, to attend the wake, funeral and burial services.

Manafort has been charged with conspiring to launder money, lying on his tax returns and failing to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, among other charges.

His request comes one day after Rick Gates, Manaforts longtime business partner, pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators. Gates is now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his probe of Russias interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Legal experts said the move by Gates would likely add to pressure on Manafort to strike his own plea deal with Mueller, although Manafort maintains his innocence and is preparing to go to trial.


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