Paul Manafort Pledges Trump Tower Apartment In Bid To End House Arrest, Claims At Least $28 Million In Assets

Politico reports:

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who’s facing a federal indictment on charges of money laundering and hiding his work as a foreign agent, claims to be worth $28 million, prosecutors said in a court filing Sunday.

Lawyers from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office disclosed the figure as negotiations continue over a package of assets Manafort would pledge in order to be released from home confinement, which he’s been under since he and longtime aide Rick Gates were arraigned Monday on a federal indictment.

In a court filing Saturday, lawyers for Manafort offered to pledge three properties as part of the bail arrangement: Manafort’s Trump Tower apartment in Manhattan, a condo several miles south in Chinatown and Manafort’s primary home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

  • TuuxKabin

    And how many passports stashed somewhere? Sure Jan.

  • Lazycrockett

    Fuck that, the dude is basically a foreign agent who help destroy our democracy. Should be lucky his head isn’t on a pike instead of under house arrest.

    • james1200

      I believe our president.

    • Scott MB

      Exactly! How about this Paul, you hand over every prooerty and every bit of your money and the court will think about it.

      Why haven’t his accounts been seized or at least frozen?! Money laundering means that every bit of property, holdings, money, stocks, etc. should be frozen. Once he is convicted everything is gone. When he gets out of prison, if he lives that long, he will be completely broke. Then he will have to pay all the fines as well with his new job where he will be required to ask, “do you want fries with that?”

    • TrueWords

      1. Facing charges that could land him in prison for the rest of his life.

      2. Untold millions in banks all around the world.

      3. Lord only knows how many houses in Russia.

      4. Multiple passport numbers.

      That sounds like the very definition of ‘flight risk’.

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  • crewman

    He’s offering three US properties as collateral. If he’s planning to flee the country and live off money he has elsewhere and off his well-documented Russian oligarch friends, wouldn’t he just see abandoning those properties as the cost of his freedom?

    • Rambie

      Exactly, he’s just clearing the way for himself to flee

      • Gustav2

        After he ran they would have been seized any way.

    • clay

      Particularly that Turmp Tower condo– who’d want that, anyway.

      • TuuxKabin

        Some pesky rusky.

      • popebuck1

        I’ll bet there’s a lot there to interest electronic surveillance hobbyists.

    • jerry

      Considering his properties have wildly fluctuating value, and they have mortgages higher than their reasonable value, I think he needs to come up with cash or remain under house arrest.

  • Gustav2

    Make him put up his dacha!

  • bkmn

    Do not trust a thing the slimeball says. Require cash for bail, not assets. He had three US passports that we know of, and who knows how many he might have from other countries. He is the definition of a flight risk.

    • clay

      No, don’t rely on cash bail, at all. Hold him as indicted, or even as material witness, but hold him.

      • canoebum

        House arrest is generous enough, even for a rich white guy. He should be in lock up. he judge is right to deny any loosening of his release terms.

  • safari

    How is a man with three passports even allowed to be bailed out?

    • Mark

      I thought it was ten.

      • clay

        that was the number requested by him, not from him.

    • Berdawn Hutchinson

      my question exactly! Why is even out of custody?

      • Bad Tom

        Connected. Rich. White. Male.

        That’s four reasons.

        • Berdawn Hutchinson


    • William

      He’s an idiot if he hasn’t bought citizenship in another country.

    • carrot festival

      There’s 28 million reasons why.

  • shellback

    He. Is. A. Flight. Risk. Lock him up as you would anyone else.

  • Mark

    Hell fucking NO!!!!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • safari

      Someone is going to have to hire a PR specialislt.

    • clay

      Was she wearing corporate wear?
      Did Turmp threaten them?

    • Bad Tom

      It seems Briskman was fired, but a man who posted worse comments to his Facebook page was merely reprimanded. He was, of course, a fan of Trump.

      The ACLU has taken up her case, according to several posts on that Twitter thread.

    • Bad Tom

      Apparently the Akima website is down.

      Nothing like a spontaneous human DDOS powered by outrage. It’s not even illegal.
      I really dislike Akima. They like to rootkit your PC for DRM purposes. Fuck them. It’s supposed to be smooth and invisible; but when there is a bug (not if,) your PC falls into a black hole.

      Did I mention rootkit? Which you, the user, OK’d by clicking ACCEPT. Rootkits are very hard to remove. The best way is by formatting your hard drive.

      I really hate Akima.

      • Tulle Christensen

        They are hard to see,,,,make a USB stick with a bootable Linux. boot off it, remove root kit you can now see….

        It is also handy when you have a buddy that forgot his admin password. You can you the stick to get in and change the password. Saves the time you would need to reinstall Windows

        Real operating systems always have a way to see everything that is there

      • whollyfool

        Does Sysinternals still make Rootkit Remover? I think they made that after Sony pulled the same stunt. Was quite a while ago, I know.

    • Halou

      Looks like a first amendment violation right there.

      • Bad Tom

        Private company can fire at will.
        Double standard of not firing a man for similar conduct is dicey.

        • Karl Dubhe

          They work for government contracts mostly.

          They’re hooped.

    • Karl Dubhe

      She’ll have the opportunity to sue them…

      Good. 🙂

  • safari

    Surely we have a dungeon with a public viewing gallery somewhere in this great nation of ours.

    • safari

      Mmm. Or we could put him in solitary somewhere and stream him live 24/7 and call it Manacam.

  • William

    Manafort has friends with private jets capable of transatlantic flights.

    • safari

      But do they have a Blink Drive?

      • Droz

        UGH, Don’t get me started on that continuity detroying piece of crap!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I have money, let me go.

    • safari

      It’s like a jedi mind trick.

  • JaniceInToronto

    The man owns way too many homes. Kill him and eat his liver with mayonnaise.

    • safari

      Can’t we just turn him over to Treant and have him make soap?

      • BearEyes

        Makes your money have that fresh outdoor scent when laundered.

        • safari

          Or the opposite: “Smell like a million bucks”

    • Paula

      Send him to Oklahoma City and nuke him from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.

      • safari

        What about … Nebraska. Hear me out. It’s a worthless state. Surely we can grow corn elsewhere.

        • Paula

          OKC had the highest percentage of Trump voters of any city.

          • William

            I might have cousins there. Oh well. it’s a small price to pay.

          • AC

            I grew up there – happy to press the button

          • William

            Oh, you’ve met my cousins.

          • AC

            yes, and fucked Ricky and Mark

          • HanyBaal

            AND the highest slut-per-capita, In my experience,

          • MBear

            Isnt that where the Habana Inn is/was?

          • HanyBaal

            Yup, That’s the one

          • William

            So it may be worth a visit?

    • Tawreos

      Whatever happened to pairing the liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti?

      • Dazzer

        Rachel Ray is still re-tooling the recipe.

    • Halou

      He owns way too many passports as well. Three confirmed passports, with different registry numbers, and had applied for at least another ten. Or so I’ve read.

  • Cuberly Deux
  • TheManicMechanic

    Flight risk! LOCK HIM UP!

  • The_Wretched

    Manafort did a flee from authorities in the Ukraine when they had a ‘governmental change’. He’s had practice and thoughts on how to do it again / better.

  • Bad Tom

    If I were going to flee to another country where I had plenty of stuff, I’d be happy to pledge all the stuff I had in this country.

  • Do Something Nice

    Choke on it, bitch.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    …and THREE (3) passports that we know about. He’s got money stashed all over the world and can easily become a second Edward Snowden. Lock him until the trial, then off to the federal pen for the rest of his natural life.

    NO BAIL!

  • Tawreos

    Someone with no money wouldn’t be let free even if they can’t afford to run across the street. It should be no different for him.

  • ben

    There’s an asterisk’d comment in the government’s response on Sunday basically saying that using his properties as collateral is BS because he has huge mortgages on them

    • William

      And that ties in to the money laundering.

    • Paul

      …and those mortgages are with Russian banks. Right ?

      • William

        No, Manafort’s corporation bought the properties, then signed them over to Manafort. Once that was done he took out mortgages on the properties.

    • popebuck1

      This is all sounding uncomfortably close to how all my Monopoly games end.

  • KP

    Why is it ordinary citizens simply accused of a crime have their assets seized through civil asset forfeiture daily yet this creep is allowed to keep his assets/bank accounts to post bail and sell to hire more attorneys?

    • The_Wretched

      In theory, “civil asset forfeiture” only applies to locations and personal property (cash) associated with a crime. In practice, it’s used by cops to grab new TVs from black people. It’s a class thing. The elite don’t have to put up with harassment.

    • Halou

      Like Colbert said recently addressing this very issue;
      “Wow! White people really are arrested differently.”

      • William

        That’s rich white people.

        • SelectFromWhere

          “1%” rich

      • SelectFromWhere

        I’m white, and I assure you I wouldn’t get that treatment.

  • Michael R
  • Bambino

    Try pledging $280 millions and then we will revisit the question of bail.

  • Tomcat

    Hey Manafart,, where are all your friends NOW?

  • Nic Peterson

    Um, no. Cash over barrelhead, traitor.

    • Tomcat

      Sorry, all my cash is tied up in Russia and Ukraine.

  • JWC

    make Him sweat

  • Karl Dubhe

    If he’s offering Trump Tower properties, he’s not offering enough.

    He really should be in jail anyhow. The level of crime and his ability to flee would demand it of any other person…

    • Halou

      People have been sentenced to death for less than this. “Conspiracy against the United States”?

      Can I be let out, have my ankle tag removed, and my 10+ passport applications sorted as soon as possible, please?
      But of course, and sorry for any distress our political system caused you. We’ll try and replace it as soon as possible. Again, sorry about this.

      • Michael White

        Unfortunately, he is a rethuglicon notpresident, with a rethuglicon congress. He is safe until he fucks ryan missionary position in a church in the south yelling the fucking south lost get over it.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Of course he does be use not being in a prison, and perhaps being in the arms Mother Russia or Papa Putin, is far preferable to being someone’s bitch.

  • edrex

    this isn’t a game of monopoly, my friend. you can’t trade your park avenue properties for a “get out of jail” free card.

  • Steven B

    The problem is that no matter what he pledges or how much, he has to provide proof that the money or assets weren’t obtained illegally. He probably can’t do this. As far as I can see, the only way he can reach bail is to have someone else provide the money. Someone who can also prove that the money was not illegally obtained.

    • Joe in PA

      And in his world…good luck with that.

  • R W C

    House arrest is too good for him. Lock the POS in the bathroom, the little one in the basement.

    • LeeCMH

      A basement at the Colorado supermax.

  • -M-

    Uh, No.

  • MBear

    Then again: if bail is accepted, and he flees, the whole convoluted campaign will become oh-so-much-more interesting

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • LeeCMH

    Manafort is probably expecting his Russian buddies to replace his riches if he flees the country.

    Keep him in house arrest!

  • Gerry Fisher

    My mind lightly touched on the idea of “how he got all those possessions and all that money,” and I felt a wave of nausea. (I don’t begrudge people’s wealth. I object to traitorous behavior, and I have no patience for an unwillingness to pay a higher tax rate than middle class folks.)

    • Gerry Fisher

      Being assured of him showing up in court is more important to me than getting to keep his three properties should he flee.

  • olandp

    If he is so unhappy under house arrest, revoke bail and throw him in jail. Problem solved.

  • peterparker

    If you haven’t seen it already, you really owe it to yourself to peruse his daughters’ texts between themselves and a friend/friends. They are actual texts, but they read like something from an article from The Onion.

  • I wouldn’t trust a thing he “pledges” as his word is worthless.

  • mark99k

    On the one hand, if he were to flee, it would be a unmistakable admission of guilt. On the other hand… well, fuck, there is no other hand. He’s beyond dirty already. I want him kept under house arrest to guarantee us the entertainment value of seeing him (and his miserable opposite-of-poker face) squirm under questioning.