Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is set for trial on bank and tax fraud charges in Virginia starting July 25. Another trial is set to follow in Washington on Sept. 17. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images
A federal appeals court has turned down former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s request for immediate release from jail in advance of two federal criminal trials he is facing.
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Thursday afternoon denying a request to let him out as the court continues to consider his appeal of a district court judge’s order last month revoking the house arrest he’d been under since October.Story Continued Below
The D.C. Circuit’s one-page order provided little explanation for the ruling. “The court declines to exercise its authority under [a federal court rule] because appellant has not shown that immediate relief before resolution of his expedited appeal is warranted,” the court said.
The decision does not dispose of Manafort’s appeal or foreclose his eventual release, but it suggests it’s unlikely he’ll succeed in springing himself from jail. He’s currently set for trial on bank and tax fraud charges in an Alexandria, Virginia, federal court starting July 25. Another trial on charges of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent is set to follow in Washington on Sept. 17.
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A Manafort spokesman declined to comment on the ruling, issued by three Democratic appointees: Judges Judith Rogers and David Tatel, both appointed by President Bill Clinton, and Judge Robert Wilkins, appointed by President Barack Obama.
The judge in Manafort’s Washington case, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, ordered Manafort jailed on June 15 after he was charged with witness tampering in that proceeding.
Manafort was taken that night to the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, about two hours drive south of Washington. Earlier this week, the judge in the Virginia case, T.S. Ellis III, ordered moved to an Alexandria jail to facilitate the upcoming trial there and Manafort’s interactions with his defense team.
Manafort’s lawyers asked Ellis judge to call off the transfer, but he refused, calling the belated defense request “surprising and confusing.” Manafort was moved to the Alexandria jail Thursday morning.
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