Manafort Pleads Not Guilty In Second Round Of Mueller Charges

Paul Manafort gets a trial date

Paul Manafort gets a trial date

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty on Thursday to additional criminal charges ranging from bank fraud to filing false tax returns.

Thursday marked Manafort's first appearance in the Virginia federal court - where the special counsel's team filed his 18-count indictment last month on charges of money laundering and tax evasion among others.

U.S. District Court Judge TS Ellis in the Eastern District of Virginia set Manafort's trial date there for July 10.

Mr. Manafort has been indicted twice on separate charges in Washington, D.C. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

Manafort and Gates worked for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian former Ukrainian president who was attempting to burnish his image in the US and Europe.

In the editorial, former Manafort employer and Russian steel magnate Oleg Deripaska claims the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin is a manufactured non-scandal. Another trial on federal charges in Washington D.C.is scheduled to begin on September 17 and likely to stretch for several weeks.

Paul Manafort gets a trial date
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That agreement requires him to offer information on any matters that special counsel Robert Mueller deems relevant.

"Manafort and Gates generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work", a February indictment said, "From approximately 2006 through the present, Manafort and Gates engaged in a scheme to hide income from United States authorities, while enjoying the use of the money".

Manafort is also accused of having altered a slew of financial statements connected to a consulting business he shared with partner Richard Gates. His former deputy, Rick Gates, is cooperating with prosecutors after pleading guilty to conspiracy. Those funds were used to live a "lavish" lifestyle in the USA, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors told said in court they planned to call 20-25 witnesses and said their arguments could last up to two weeks.

Meanwhile, at the federal court in Washington, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she will hold a motion hearing on April 4 to consider whether a lawsuit Manafort against the Department of Justice should be be dismissed.

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