Mark Your Calendar: Manafort Fraud Trial Set for July

Mark Your Calendar: Manafort Fraud Trial Set for July

Mark Your Calendar: Manafort Fraud Trial Set for July

Paul Manafort, ex-campaign chairman of U.S. President Donald Trump, on Thursday pleaded not guilty to 18 criminal charges, including bank and tax fraud in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Manafort is facing two federal trials because he declined an offer from prosecutors to consolidate the charges in one court.

During the Thursday hearing in US District Court in Alexandria, a trial date was set for July 10.

Gates and Manafort were both charged with multiple counts of conspiracy, tax fraud and money laundering stemming from lobbying and consulting work related to Ukrainian politicians who are strong allies of Russian Federation.

Manafort's longtime business partner, Rick Gates, is among three former Trump aides who have pleaded guilty to assortment of charges and have agreed to cooperate with Mueller's team of prosecutors. She didn't specify what the statement said, but it appears to be the one Manafort released on February 23, which read, "Notwithstanding that Rick Gates pled today, I continue to maintain my innocence". Manafort's trial in D.C. will begin on September 17. Guidelines call for about eight to 10 years, though.

Two weeks ago, the men's Russian-connected attorney Alex Van der Zwaan was charged with misleading the Federal Bureau of Investigation about work he did for Manafort and Gates.

In Virginia, Manafort is accused of hiding foreign bank accounts, falsifying his income taxes, and failing to report foreign bank accounts.

They believe Manafort laundered $30 million before Yankukovych was ousted from the Ukraine in 2014, but in total "more than $75 million flowed through offshore accounts", the superseding indictment said.

These charges would bring a likely sentence of 15 to 20 years in prison if Manafort was found guilty.

Manafort is innocent of the Virginia charges, his spokesman Jason Maloni said after the indictment was announced.

In a separate development Thursday, another former Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, met with the House Intelligence Committee for a second time as part of the panel's Russian Federation investigation.

The judge imposed similar bail conditions on Manafort to those already in place in the District, including home confinement.

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