Prosecutors Seek May 14 Trial Date For Manafort And Gates

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Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller said Friday they will ask a federal judge to set a May 14 trial date for President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and a business partner on fraud, conspiracy and money laundering charges.

The government stated its intention in a court filing Friday that also summarized how much evidence prosecutors have turned over as required to Manafort’s co-defendant, Rick Gates. The filing comes ahead of a hearing Tuesday to update U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Washington on the status of the case.

Manafort, 68, and his longtime deputy Gates, 45, have pleaded not guilty and remain under home detention while final details are worked out for their release on secured bonds of $10 million and nearly $5 million, respectively.

The two were indicted Oct. 30 in connection with Manafort’s secret lobbying for a Russian-friendly political party in Ukraine in the first publicly disclosed criminal charges in Mueller’s investigation probes into possible Russian influence in U.S. political affairs.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Spencer S. Hsu 

 

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