Federal Judge Hands Manafort a July Trial Date

Federal Judge Hands Manafort a July Trial Date

The grand jury indictment accuses Manafort of hiding from the Internal Revenue Service tens of millions of dollars he earned advising pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.

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. With a file from the Associated Press.

So far, more than 100 charges have been filed against a 19 people and three companies.

He is also facing a second case in federal court in Virginia, where he pleaded not guilty to tax and fraud charges.

The new indictment says Manafort and Gates passed the money they received from Ukraine through foreign bank accounts to hide it from the Internal Revenue Service.

Manafort has been under increasing pressure to cooperate with Mueller, especially after his former business partner and former Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates pleaded guilty last month to lying to investigators and conspiring to defraud the United States.

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, pleaded not guilty to tax and bank fraud charges in federal court in Virginia on Thursday, setting up the prospect of back-to-back trials stretching through the summer into Mr. Manafort's business dealings.

The judge tentatively scheduled the trial for July 10. It is expected to last eight to 10 days.

Manafort will go through two separate trials this year.

In Washington, he faces counts of conspiracy to launder more than $30 million (U.S.), making false statements, failing to follow lobbying disclosure laws and working as an unregistered foreign agent.

At Thursday's hearing, Manafort and his lawyers indicated that he fully intends to contest the charges.

Also waiting was Bill Christeson of Kensington, Md., who said he has followed Manafort to several court appearances and has been hoping to see the longtime lobbyist prosecuted for decades.

Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni did put out a statement shortly after the indictment was announced.

Manafort is already on home confinement and under Global Positioning System monitoring in the District.

Ellis, a senior judge, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.

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