An attorney for Chris Donovan’s former finance director is asking the court’s permission to allow his client to attend his brother’s wedding in Orlando, Florida later this month.
Attorney Frank Riccio II filed a motion Friday asking the court’s permission to allow Robert Braddock Jr. to travel July 26 through July 29 to attend his brother’s wedding.
The motion says Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Mattei and U.S. Probation Officer Gregory Campos have “no objection to the request.”
Braddock was arrested at the end of May for concealing the identities of donors to Donovan’s campaign. Riccio maintains that his client is innocent. Braddock was released on a $100,000 bond the same day he was arrested.
A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for July 20.
At a preliminary hearing the U.S. Attorney’s will have to establish enough probable cause for Braddock’s arrest, which was made by a complaint, not a grand jury indictment. While the U.S. Attorney’s office is still not commenting on its investigation those familiar with federal procedure say a preliminary hearing would not be in the best interest of the government.
Sources familiar with federal procedure said a preliminary hearing would force the government to put too many of their cards on the table.