Paul Manafort Tells Judge That House Arrest ‘Endangers’ His Health

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Manafort had a note from his doctor, but the judge seemed to think all he needed to do was get off the couch more often.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort tried to use a doctor's note to get out of house arrest, according to recent reports. The judge dismissed Manafort's assertion that being confined to his home is detrimental to his health, and then essentially told him to get off the couch.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson heard and referenced motions, arguments and documents entered by the defense.

One such document was a doctor’s note written on behalf of Manafort by his personal physician.

Jackson apparently referenced the document dismissively, telling Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing that a doctor’s note wasn’t going to cut it and that a formal motion had to be submitted if Manafort wanted to change the the terms of his house arrest.

According to a report in Politico, Jackson then advised Manafort to simply be more active, saying:

While he’s subject to home confinement, he’s not confined to his couch, and I believe he has plenty of opportunity to exercise.