Rick Gates, the longtime business partner of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was released from house arrest on Tuesday after spending nearly three months confined to his home while awaiting trial on charges relating to the investigation into Russian election meddling.
Manafort, on the other hand, remains under home confinement, according to an order filed by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
The judge said at a hearing Tuesday afternoon that Gates and Manafort’s trial will likely begin in September or October.
Both Manafort and Gates were place under house arrest in early November after they were slammed with a laundry list of federal charges — including conspiracy against the U.S. and money laundering — relating to their shady dealings on behalf of a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine.
Paul Manafort, on the other hand, remains on house arrest.
Gates, who also worked on the Trump campaign, had previously been denied several requests to relax his strict house arrest. Over the holidays, Berman Jackson ruled that he was not allowed to attend a New Year’s Eve party.
Manafort and Gates have denied any wrongdoing. They are among four Trump associates who have been charged as a result of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.
Trump has repeatedly characterized the investigation as a “political witch hunt” cooked up by Democrats. But the probe got renewed relevancy last month after ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn became the first White House official to be charged.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian ambassador.
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