Mueller requests trial date for Manafort, Gates

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Special counsel Robert Muellermuellerrobert 031319upiRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE has requested a trial date for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafortmanafortpaul 071816gnPaul John ManafortJudge warns Manafort not to discuss case with media Manafort involved in drafting op-ed defending his Ukrainian work: court papers Trump went off on Manafort for suggesting he should not appear on Sunday shows: report MORE and his business associate Richard Gates.

In a court filing Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia reported by Reuters, Mueller’s team of prosecutors requested a trial date of May 14.

Manafort and Gates were indicted in October on charges of money laundering and tax fraud. The charges stem from Mueller’s ongoing probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Manafort and Gates have denied collusion, and have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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A 31-page indictment filed in October makes no mention of Manafort’s work for President Trumptrumpdonald 070117gettyDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE’s campaign, which began in March 2016 and ended with Manafort’s ouster that August over ties to pro-Russia officials in Ukraine.

Mueller’s team alleges Manafort and Gates were paid tens of millions of dollars for their work for the Ukrainian officials that was then laundered “in order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities.”

In November, Mueller’s team reached an $11 million bail deal with Manafort, and a separate $5 million bail deal for Gates. The two have been on house arrest since their indictment.

Two other former Trump associates have also been charged in the special counsel investigation and are still awaiting trial.

Former national security adviser Mike Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with foreign nationals in November, while former Trump campaign foreign policy aide George Papadopolous has also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.



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