Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, tax and bank fraud charges in an Alexandria, Virginia, federal court Thursday afternoon. A trial date of July 10 has been set, four months earlier than the defence had wanted.
If Manafort is convicted in either the Virginia or D.C. case, it could amount to a life sentence since he's is 68 years old.
Mr. Mueller alleges Mr. Manafort shielded from the IRS millions of dollars he earned as a consultant and lobbyist for the Ukrainian government.
The mysterious protester held up a sign that read "Blood money" as Rick Gates, a former top adviser to President Donald Trump's, entered federal court, where he pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and false statements charges.
Manafort resigned as Trump's campaign chairman in August 2016 after The New York Times reported a Ukrainian government corruption probe found Manafort received almost $13 million off the books from a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party. Those funds were used to live a "lavish" lifestyle in the USA, prosecutors said.
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Manafort also faces bank fraud charges in Virginia not directly related to his work in Ukraine.
Jackson issued the gag order in November, saying that Manafort and others involved in the case had to "refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings" to avoid tainting a jury with pretrial publicity.
Both indictments came from Robert Mueller as he investigates Russia's influence over the 2016 USA presidential election and if anyone on Trump's team, including Manafort of course, had anything to do with it. He faces up to 15 years on the charges of filing false tax returns and up to 20 years on the charges of failing to report foreign bank accounts. The trial in that case is set for September 17.
U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson Berman granted Gates' request by Richard Gates after receiving no objection from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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