Manafort Pleads Not Guilty to Tax and Fraud Charges in Virginia Court

10 March, 2018, 01:06 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Paul Manafort President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman departs Federal District Court Thursday Nov. 2 2017 in Washington

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Someone threw a Russian flag at him as he walked out of a federal court in Virginia on Thursday.

Manafort was originally indicted in both cases with his business partner, Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty Thursday to tax and fraud charges in federal court in Virginia.

Ellis set the trial date for July 10.

Manafort has to resign from the campaign after it was discovered that he had hidden from USA authorities a payment of $12.7 million that he received for advising former pro-Moscow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. The other, which will begin on September 17 in Washington, D.C., is for additional charges, including money laundering and failure to register as a foreign agent.

Mueller was appointed to investigate alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian actors in August 2017.

Prosecutors in Washington have alleged that Manafort laundered more than $30 million and duped banks into lending money. Republicans, who control the committee, have not decided whether they would do so. He was sacked in June 2016 after he clashed with other advisers over how to appeal to the broader general electorate after Trump won the nomination.

Although he's been under indictment in Washington since October, Manafort was recently hit with new charges there, too, including an allegation he secretly recruited and funded a group of former European politicians to lobby in the United States on behalf of Ukraine.

For the Virginia case, Manafort will be fitted with a second electronic monitoring bracelet (he is already wearing one related to the D.C. case) and will be allowed to meet with lawyers, attend church services and make emergency medical trips as needed.

Lawyers told the judge details of a $10 million bail package was still being finalised, which ultimately could lead to easing of restrictions on Manafort's movements. Prosecutors said they were ready to start the trial in May.



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