- Mike Stucka Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
New information has a top federal prosecutor reconsidering his support for a proposed bail bond for former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, which could involve Manafort’s Palm Beach Gardens home.
Robert Mueller’s Office of Special Counsel had supported Manafort’s bond motion Thursday, but asked a judge on Friday for several days to reevaluate. The government wants until Monday “in light of information that has come to the government’s attention only after defendant’s Motion was filed, which the government is still examining,” a lawyer for Mueller wrote.
The judge agreed to the timeline.
There is no indication in the government filing what the information is or how it could affect the prosecution of Manafort.
Friday’s filing by federal officials does not dispute claims made by Manafort’s lawyers Thursday that the federal officials supported the bond.
Also on Friday, Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during Mueller’s investigation. Flynn’s charges do not mention Trump. Mueller said Flynn lied Jan. 24, after Trump had took office and Flynn had become the national security adviser, about conversations with the Russian ambassador between Trump’s election and inauguration.
The federal officials’ Friday filing in the Manafort case makes no mention of Flynn’s case.
Manafort wants to use his BallenIsles Country Club home in Palm Beach Gardens to support his freedom, along with three other properties each worth several times more than that $1.25 million Florida home. Manafort has been under house arrest in Virginia. He and business associate Rick Gates were indicted by Mueller, and Manafort faces charges tied to an alleged scheme to hide payments from Ukraine. The indictment does not mention Trump or Russian interference in the 2016 election, which led to Mueller’s appointment.