New Court Filing By Robert Mueller: Paul Manafort Holds Three US Passports And Poses Significant Flight Risk

The Washington Post reports:

Onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort keeps three U.S. passports with different identification numbers and submitted 10 passport applications in as many years, the office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III disclosed in a new court filing Tuesday arguing that Manafort poses a significant flight risk.

The 17-page filing came one day after Manafort and longtime business partner Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to an unsealed 12-count indictment alleging conspiracy to launder money, making false statements and other charges in connection with their work advising a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine.

In the first criminal allegations to come from probes into possible Russian influence in U.S. political affairs, prosecutors pressed their case against the two defendants, who face a hearing Thursday to set bail terms. A U.S. magistrate on Monday put the men on home confinement pending that hearing after Manafort, 68, pledged to pay a $10 million penalty and Gates a $5 million one if they failed to appear.

  • DJ John Bear

    They should have placed him in a jail cell somewhere instead of low-security house arrest. Manafort is slippery as an eel, and someone should have seen this.

    • canoebum

      He’s being watched, his phones are probably tapped and the NSA will collect all his other electronic communications. He ain’t goin’ anywhere. Although sneaking onto a private plane is a possibility, he’s probably also on the no-fly list. Any movement toward an airport (small or large) would draw a response.

    • thrunch

      Except that if you put him in house arrest, there may be co-conspirators taking a chance at communicating with him … and vice-versa. Or other reasons to “let the traitorous louts keep wiggling on the hook.”

    • John30013

      I’m confident Mueller knows exactly what he’s doing. If he didn’t think he could guarantee Manafort’s compliance he would have locked him up.

  • Tawreos

    Lock Them Up!

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    Well, what law abiding citizen doesn’t hold multiple passports?

    • Snownova

      I’m more curious how that is even possible. Here in the Netherlands if I want a new passport I either have to turn in the old one, or supply proof of what happened to the old one, like a police report of theft.

      • Bluto

        You also live in a civilized, progressive country. Logic & reason do not apply here.
        Love your stroopwafels btw.

      • Mark Née Fuzz

        You have no connections to a corrupt regime.

      • lattebud

        “Paul Manafort keeps three U.S. passports with different identification numbers” He is using some sort of fake identification to obtain multiple US passports. Makes one wonder about how secure that process is.

        • Frostbite

          White male with money, not difficult to obtain at all.

        • Snownova

          Well the whole concept of secure identification is somewhat outdated in the USA, you guys really need something more comprehensive and purpose-built than social security numbers or drivers licences.

          • Joseph Miceli

            What? And have our ENEMY…our own Government….be able to track us? Silly, next you’ll tell us to put a serial number on our guns so we can track them and actually identify where criminals are getting them from. Absurd! /S

      • Gustav2

        Dual citizenship will get you two passports. Some small countries have made a business out of selling ‘citizenship’ and passports.

        • Snownova

          Yeah but the article clearly states that he has 3 U.S. passports, so they’re not dual citizenship ones.

      • Shy Guy

        My father had two UK passports for a while. His first one had a US visa in it, and his company wanted him to go to Iran on business, and they refuse anyone with US visas in their passport, so they issued him a second one. He never did go to Iran, but kept the passports till they expired.

      • ColdCountry

        bzrd answered that, or at least a possible answer:
        “one can obtain another passport if they need to leave the country while
        the first passport is in the process of obtaining a visa from another
        country
        or one can obtain a second passport if the first one has a
        visa in it from a country the intended country of visitation will not
        allow”

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    Also from the article:

    “Prosecutors also said that Manafort registered a phone and an email account under an alias in May and traveled with it to Mexico in June, to China on May 23 and to Ecuador on May 9.”

    Who does this except a criminal?

    • Todd20036

      No one. How’s this for Trump’s extreme vetting?

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        As Rachel (my best friend) said last night, given all these details about Manafort, its surprising they let him have home confinement (with electronic monitoring) rather than lock him up. He is a huge flight risk and even if his passports were confiscated, he could be on a private jet before the cops could get to him.

        • Snarkaholic

          Agreed…maybe plainclothes agents are hanging around his neighborhood.

          • Tulle Christensen

            Well that sounds cost effective /s

          • Puck

            Remember who the president is. Mueller can only investigate not surveillance, so this falls on people under trump and that isn’t likely.

        • June Gordon

          Rich white people don’t like jail. Duh.

        • FAEN

          He’s white and a Republican.

        • I wonder if they have him on a tighter rein than he realizes and are just waiting to see if he tries to run?

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            I had that thought too. If he disables the monitoring or tries to make a run for it, then its clearly serious jail time.

            Or maybe jail for the first indictments is simply bad optics?

          • Yeah, maybe. Or maybe they think he’s more likely to be cooperative and turn on others if they allow him a little bit of leeway?

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            This too. Perhaps the ankle monitor was a negotiated agreement in exchange for cooperation?

        • Jeffg166

          It’s more likely he’ll have an “accident” if things get to hot.

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            Putin is known to do that, but Putin is untouchable by our legal system. He also wants to destabilize the US, so if Manafort sings like a bird and Trump is impeached, the Trump cult members will go batshit crazy. I expect somewhat of a civil war. Putin may well be stocking up on popcorn.

        • MikeyJ

          I’ll be the Koch brothers have private planes all fueled and ready.

        • stanhope

          Just like Bush put that Enron fellow on a jet to a small island. Where he still lives to this day despite the death certificate.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        I’ve done better vetting for a tryst.

    • William

      He was testing exit routes.

      • GayOldLady

        And likely stashing money along the routes

    • thrunch

      He’s a traitor and crook, but objectively there are times when an alias is prudent. The best example I can think of is when Walt Disney was secretly buying up real estate for Disney World in Florida. He didn’t want to face absurd markups once people found out who was buying and the scale of the purchases. But I agree that there is serious doubt there’s a valid, honorable reason for Manafort in this situation.

    • Duh-David

      I have four names besides my birth name, which I barely recall: my drag name, my porn name, my JMG name, and my international-man-of-danger spy name.

    • John30013

      Jason Bourne? 🙂

    • FAEN

      “Good people on both sides”

      🙄

    • bzrd

      Three passports, are two from foreign countries or are they special passports?

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        From the first paragraph of the article:

        “Onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort keeps three U.S. passports with different identification numbers and submitted 10 passport applications in as many years”

        First, I don’t know how you can have three passports and how / why does someone submit 10 application is 10 years? If his first name was Mohamed, he would no doubt be on the no-fly list.

        • bzrd

          just read up
          one can obtain another passport if they need to leave the country while the first passport is in the process of obtaining a visa from another country
          or one can obtain a second passport if the first one has a visa in it from a country the intended country of visitation will not allow

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            Did not know. Thanks.

          • clay

            Separate passports for the Israel stamps, for the Taiwan stamps, and for everyone else’s stamps.

          • Danieruw

            But would they have different ID numbers? Shouldn’t they just be duplicates of the original?

        • JCF

          If his name was Mohamed, he’d be in Gitmo by now…

    • Gerry Fisher

      This was common when he worked for a consulting firm in the 80s. Is he still working?

    • KevInPDX

      YES, this!
      I have 2 passports and not sure if same numbers(?)(one is in a file in DC) as I can only legally hold/possess one at a time. was news to me/had no idea. I occasionally attend and even present a paper at international conferences (Canada) and if in travel status as an official “rep” for my agency I had to get and travel under an agency passport and surrender my personal one.
      This Manafort investigation must have been fun for the Mueller team.

    • jixter

      You used to be able to enter any bar or restaurant foyer and have matchbooks available, for free, on top of the cigarette machine. Ditto for toothpicks and mints at the cash register. I think of email accounts the same way: they’re free and they’re disposable. Use one for close family and friends, another for the grocery stores you frequent, another for casual give-always to people you’ve recently met, and another for … whatever. Sometimes, you just want a new email address because you came up with a cool name for one. There’s nothing inherently criminal about that.

      What puzzles me is how someone can have three passports and ten applications without somebody on a lower governmental agency rung noticing sooner than Mueller and his team did. Aren’t there laws about that – and aren’t actions like those inherently criminal?

    • stanhope

      Please don’t be so naive as to think he is the only one in trumpworld to do this.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    I wonder how many passports he has that have his picture but don’t have his name on them?

    • Tawreos

      I wonder if he has any Russian passports as well

      • William

        Or a Ukrainian passport issued under the previous regime.

      • kareemachan

        Or any of these:

        Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Chad, Mainland China, Comoros, Congo (Kinshasa), Congo (Brazzaville), Cuba, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé & Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican, Vietnam and Yemen.

        • Edmund Allin

          Why those?

  • Sam_Handwich

    the last time a president’s campaign manager was under federal indictment was 1974. that ended well

    • Michael White

      also a republiCON

    • Joe in PA

      But this time, I don’t want a resignation…I want jail time!

      • Todd20036

        We know of your fantasies Joe. But I don’t think jail is quite like Oz. For one thing, not that many hot men are behind bars…

        • doninkansas

          Even better, I don’t want him having a good time with Chris Meloni.

        • Joe in PA

          dang, just twenty minutes with Chris Meloni…is that too much to ask? MM mmmm mmmm.

      • And without pardons!

    • Bluto

      “I did not have campaign relations with that man. Fake news. sad.”

    • Todd20036

      Actually it did end well. Just not for him

    • JCF

      CREEP!!!

      [Young’uns, that’s Nixon’s 1972 “Committee to RE-Elect the President”]

  • Uncle Mark

    Given Putin’s love of eliminating those who (might) hurt him, I would have thought that Manafort would be placed in special protective custody at a high security location.

  • Wait…doesn’t everyone have multiple passports?

    At least everyone in the Shitgibbon’s administration?

  • shellback

    And yet, with all the charges filed, and now multiple passports, he is still lounging comfortably in his home instead of a fucking jail cell like anyone else. I just can’t…

    • Frostbite

      White male privilege. You can’t expect him to be in a jail with actual criminals now can you?

      • Karl Dubhe

        Rich white male…

        Poor ones would be in the hoosegow by now. Of course, they’d be alive.

    • Bad Tom

      Steal $75 / death.
      Steal $75 million / home accommodation.

      Being white and male and Republican helps a lot.

      • Could it be Muller is playing soft with him so he will continue to sing?

        • Bad Tom

          Could well be.

  • Leo
    • Joe in PA

      but but…that would mean that @foxandfriends got it wrong? No.

      • Gustav2

        Not possible! They are as inerrant as the Bible!

        • Bad Tom

          Exactly and precisely as inerrant as the Bible.

          • RoFaWh

            You! No snarkifying without flagging it! “/s” will do nicely.

          • Bad Tom

            Because it is true,
            my reply works both as snark and as not-snark.
            It is Schrodinger’s Comment.

    • TheGrandWazoo2

      Flake News!!!

      • kareemachan

        Lurve the way these guys get a backbone implant when they’re running from DC….

        • Bad Tom

          People consider being a lame duck bad, but it’s not.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce657988d142a870db09ef40bfac05e12ab017b63035792f73d2cb80db963162.jpg I carry as many passports as I can because large penis-cassarole is hard to find in the U.S.

    • Lizard

      Not to be petty or anything, but–oh fuck it. That necklace is not “elegant” and looks uncomfortable or even painful to wear.

    • fkevin

      What’s with the paper clips and moth balls?

  • Bambino

    At 68, Manafort is ideal candidate for Putin to bump off. While a criminal normally think of places he can runaway. I’m wondering if Paul feel safer to stay within the country. He face a bigger threat stepping out of US.

  • OdieDenCO

    Pledged to pay? how does that work. regular citizens are required to put up collateral plus cash to get out of jail. must be nice to be above the law.

    • Natty Enquirer

      A bail bond is a pledge. It’s just WAPO’s fancy wording.

    • John30013

      Probably poor wording in the report. His bail was set at $10M. That means he would have had to post bond of 10% (or $1M) to be released.

      I wonder if he paid via a wire transfer from Cyprus?

  • bkmn

    Lock him up.

  • GayOldLady

    Manafort is what is known in the mob as a bag man. He moves money around through businesses and real estate, otherwise known as money laundering, for other more powerful criminals, so that they don’t have too much money in one place. In the case of Manafort and likely Trump, who I also believe to be a bag man, their primary customer is Russia and Russian Oligarchs. Manafort will either deal or spend the rest of his life in a small white room with a stainless steel toilet, a metal table and a pull down cot. It’s either give up Trump or say goodbye to your freedom. What do y’all think he’ll do? My guess is he’ll spill his guts because Trump can’t save him from State charges which are primarily the same charges the FEDS have. The options are Federal Prison or State Prison.

    • EDinMCO

      My continuing prediction: Manafort will flee, probably Ukraine. $10M is nothing to an oligarch.

      • GayOldLady

        The paperwork with conditions of his house arrest make it look as if he has some sort of monitoring device on. If that’s the case he won’t get far.

    • RoFaWh

      …because Trump can save him from state charges…

      Did you mean to write “can’t”??

      • GayOldLady

        Yep, thanks, I’ll correct.

    • Totally spot on!!!

  • GayOldLady

    If this was a black man who had stolen a box of cigarillos, he’d be in the morgue, not on home detention.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Yep. It’s constantly paraded in front of us that we are a dual class nation. You’re either rich and protected or expendable/disposable.

      • RoFaWh

        It’s more than mere dual class.

        There’s the three way split between “homeless”, “middle class” (now rare), and “filthy rich”. There’s the split between black, white, hispanic, and eastern Asiatic (that last not everywhere). Car owners vs non-owners. You name it, there’s a serious split.

  • How does someone have three passports with three different numbers? Is that legal?

    Also, $5m? Considering how much money he’s laundered over the years, he wouldn’t think twice about losing that much to get out of going to jail. He’s a clear flight risk. He needs to be detained until the trial.

    • clay

      Despite his net worth, he seems to have troubles with cash flow– his wealth isn’t liquid, and can’t be liquidated while under indictment.

    • Halou

      His bail could be set at $5 and he wouldn’t be allowed to even touch the vast amounts being held in his accounts. It belongs to the Russian oligarchs, Manafort is simply being allowed to hold it while the laundromat spins round.

      • He’s a money launderer. You don’t think he’s taken significant cuts and stashed it in offshore accounts?

    • He needs to be fired with an ankle monitor. And be under constant surveillance by a CO.

  • Beto

    Three passports? How could that be possible? Here in my country every time I had to change my passport, I have to (it’s mandatory) surrender the old one, which in the process is destroyed in front of you, also my passport data must coincide with my national ID data, my next passport will be biometric I like it or not. That man is beyond shady in my opinion. And the US should raise the bar in terms of passports emissions for their citizens in terms of security and transparency.

  • whollyfool

    Wow. Yeah, nothing to see here for sure.

  • Phil2u

    Woah! This is becoming more fun than Nixon.

  • TJay229

    I read it last night with such glee. They went (are) going after him viciously.

    A friend of mine who was a HUGE Cocaine dealer once told me “I never do deals with Women who have small kids or Men who just have had a baby” Naive I asked “Why” “Cause if caught the Feds will tell a Woman you’re never gonna see your kid again… And they will tell a dude The UPS man is gonna raise your kid, so who do you think they will protect, me or their kid” I was speechless, but believed him.

    When I read the indictment last night, his words came back to me. They are going to hit Gates first and hard. Why, He is newly married with a new kid.

    Brilliant!

    • Treant

      That…actually makes a sick sort of sense, if you’re the kind of person who would threaten a person using their child.

  • stuckinthewoods

    Not secure enough unless “home confinement” means no one can kill him to silence him.

    • RoFaWh

      Beware tiny old ladies with tea carts coming up to your front door, Manafort!

  • Halou

    I’d say Mueller should get everything he needs from Manafort then arrange for his security to “accidentally” lapse and let him flee the country. Running away sure would make him look guilty, and by association his associates too.

  • AmeriCanadian

    Only more proof that the U.S. is a dual class nation. If I had more than one U.S. passport I would be detained at the border, never to see the light of day again.

    • Edmund Allin

      Love your shoes. 🙂

  • Mike C

    “Extreme vetting” and “hiring the best people” didn’t catch that your campaign director had 3 passports?

    • kareemachan

      And applied for TEN? What was that about? See how many you can get before they catch on?

      • Mike C

        There are places you can’t get a job if you have a credit score below 650 but this guy got to lead a presidential campaign? It’s just insane.

    • CharlestonDave

      Said it before, saying it again…why doesn’t anybody hold Trump to task for his incredibly bad judgment in who he hires?

    • Edmund Allin

      Honestly, this is more of an issue for whoever issues passports in the US. Three concurrently valid passports? Lol.

  • vtdave

    Let’s see…he needs a US passport to escape with, a Ukrainian passport to cash his paychecks, and a Russian passport for his next job?

    • Halou

      The article says all three were US passports. I’d imagine it would be a case of using the 1st passport to go to a ‘neutral’ country, then one of the others to engage in some shady business or other in a third country and returning home from the neutral country on the 1st passport again. Therefore no red flags would be raised when he got his background checked.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Straight out of a Bond film. Russian operative has a cash stash and multiple passports…Hollywood come to life.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Um….is it legal to have more than one passport? I’m a little confused on that.

    • Lizard

      I wondered the same thing. As far as Google can tell me, it isn’t. Alllaw.com lists three reasons one might have more than one:
      1. You have dual citizenship/nationality in the U.S. and another country.
      2. You are a U.S. government worker.
      3. You renewed your passport and kept the expired or canceled passport.
      http://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/us-immigration/illegal-have-more-than-one-passport.html

      • Macbill

        You could claim to have lost one after another.

  • sfmike64

    Nothing suspicious about that! Nothing too see here! Move along!

  • Gene Perry

    I’m not being snarky here, serious question … how can one person have 3 US passports? Can anyone answer? It seems to me that you can only have one valid passport.

  • Bj Lincoln

    If they are flight risks, why are they not in jail like any other American would be? House arrest is nothing when you own a huge house and the money to have anything brought to it. If not jail then how about a crappy motel room instead?

  • -M-

    Manafort’s house arrest seems to be under some sort of electronic monitoring, why isn’t Gates’s?

  • Schlukitz

    The strong resemblance between Paul Manafort and Paul Sorvino of “Goodfellas” is positively amazing. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/17b414f23b8b7dfc3381b945ac8657fb10a4fe1ab7b98e777feb6f1f0e80ccf8.jpg

  • JCF