Trump Ex-Aide Manafort Pleads Not Guilty Again, Faces July Trial

Trump Ex-Aide Manafort Pleads Not Guilty Again, Faces July Trial

Trump Ex-Aide Manafort Pleads Not Guilty Again, Faces July Trial

The indictment in a federal court in Virginia came as part of the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and "related matters".

Last month, former business partner and Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates, who had been charged with Manafort in both cases, pleaded guilty. Because the federal courthouses in Alexandria and Washington have different electronic-monitoring systems, he has to wear two bracelets.

President Donald Trump's former campaign chief has pleaded not guilty to the latest set of criminal charges brought by the US special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. After his previous not-guilty plea in D.C., Manafort was put on home confinement and Global Positioning System monitoring.

That trial is scheduled to begin September 17.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow during the elections.

The 32-count indictment issued by the Alexandria grand jury accuses Manafort of laundering $30 million through offshore accounts, to disguise income he earned from his work in Ukraine and shield it from federal taxes.

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President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is getting a shiny new accessory.

This will be the first of two trials for Manafort this year. The charges against Manafort don't relate to the election, although some of the alleged crimes occurred while he ran Trump's campaign. Prosecutors said they were ready to start the trial in May.

Manafort has to resign from the campaign after it was discovered that he had hidden from U.S. authorities a payment of $12.7 million that he received for advising former pro-Moscow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.

The judge also pressed the special counsel's team about why it had brought so many charges against Manafort - 18 - and whether the government case could be streamlined.

Ellis, who has been on the bench for 31 years, alternately cracked jokes and pressed lawyers for Manafort's and Mueller's office on their legal positions.

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