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Judge grants Manafort permission to attend father-in-law’s funeral

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Judge grants Manafort permission to attend father-in-law's funeral

A district judge has granted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort permission to be released from home confinement to attend his father-in-law’s wake and funeral in New York.

Manafort on Saturday asked the court for permission to travel from his home in Virginia to Long Island to attend the wake and funeral of his father-in-law, who passed away on the same day, Reuters reported.

The judge also ordered Manafort back in court on Wednesday over the new charges filed against him last week, according to multiple reports. The arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday filled a superseding indictment against Manafort and Richard Gates — Manafort’s longtime business partner and a former Trump campaign aide — charging them with committing tax fraud, failing to file reports on foreign bank and financial accounts and bank fraud conspiracy.

On Friday, Gates pleaded guilty to multiple charges, signaling that he might be willing to provide Mueller with information.

Manafort has maintained his innocence and said he does not understand why Gates pleaded guilty.

He is ordered to return to Virginia on Tuesday evening.  

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