Paul Manafort gets a trial date

Paul Manafort gets a trial date

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, denied federal felony charges - again. The judge in that case set Manafort's trial to begin on September 17.

He was indicted in Virginia, where he lives, the week prior.

In the Virginia case, prosecutors allege that Manafort funneled millions of dollars in income from their work in Ukraine into foreign bank accounts, which were concealed from USA tax authorities.

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The charges associated with his Washington, D.C., case levy up to almost 20 years in prison. The charges include preparing false tax returns, bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and failure to disclose income from foreign sources. The charges are connected to work Manafort did for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

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. It's the second case tied to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in which Manafort has pleaded not guilty.

Citing Manafort's significant wealth, Ellis said the former campaign chairman "manifestly" represented a flight risk in part because of "the substantial period of incarceration" he faced if convicted.

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A mystery man held up a sign reading "Traitor" as former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrived at the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse for an arraignment hearing on March 8, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia.


Manafort, 68, faces up to 305 years in prison if found guilty of all charges associated with the Virginia indictment.

The charges are part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian efforts to influence USA elections.

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The cases are U.S. v. Manafort, 18-cr-83, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria), and U.S. v. Manafort, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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