Paul Manafort is trying everything he can to weasel his way out of the giant mess he has found his way into. You see, a man of color would have been locked up decades ago for pulling stunts like the ones Manafort was indicted for, but this clean-cut, suited-up criminal was able to get away with mass corporate crime for years, that is, until he made the ill-fated decision to link up with the new president of the United States.
Donald Trump’s blatantly criminal behavior led to heavy scrutiny early on in the campaign process. Trump hasn’t been able to breathe without the press getting wind of it, and for good reason. This man has to be watched closely or he will lead us down a path of sheer horror.
Manafort became an unwilling participant of that scrutiny, and became to target of independent investigation early on. Then came Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s announcement of the first criminal indictments filed in the Russia investigation.
According to Reuters:
“Manafort is accused of a wide range of offenses, from conspiring to launder money and failing to register as a foreign agent in connection with his lobbying for the pro-Russia Ukrainian government, to bank fraud and filing false tax returns. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.”
Manafort was arrested in October of 2017, and since then, he has been unable to pay the $10 million dollar bail set by Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
Apparently, Manafort tried to offer up a number of real estate properties to use as collateral, but was unsuccessful due to the fact that the properties in question were already being used as collateral for something else.
The slimeball finds the house arrest restrictions he’s been placed under to be unfair, and requested that the limits set on his bail be softened.
The judge has responded with a swift denial:
“The denial by Amy Berman Jackson, a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Columbia, means that Manafort will for now continue to remain on house arrest and be required to wear an electronic monitoring device. Jackson said that Manafort can try once again to resubmit a new package that is valued at $10 million and contains unencumbered assets.”