- Christine Stapleton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A federal judge issued a gag order this morning in the criminal case against Paul Manafort and his business associate Richard Gates, barring attorneys and witnesses from discussing the cases with the media or in public settings that could threaten their ability to get a fair trial.
The charges in the 17-page indictment release Oct. 30 accuse Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, of conspiring to launder money, conspiracy against the United States and failing to register as foreign agents of Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government.
Manafort, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, has offered to put up his BallenIsles home to secure his appearance in court. Manafort is on house arrest with a GPS monitor at his home in Virginia.
At a court hearing on Nov. 2, U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson gave attorneys until Nov. 7 to file reasons why the judge should not issue a gag order. Legal teams for Manafort and Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III did not reply.