Manafort pleads not guilty at arraignment in Russian Federation probe

Mar 10, 2018, 01:06
Manafort pleads not guilty at arraignment in Russian Federation probe

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

None of the charges against Manafort make reference to alleged Russian interference in the election nor the accusations of collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, said his "rosy glasses" hope was it would not begin until November, or after the Washington trial presumably had ended.

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Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann from Mueller's office said he expected a Manafort trial on the Virginia charges would last eight to ten days and would involve the calling of 20-25 prosecution witnesses.

Ellis also imposed stricter conditions of home confinement then those ordered by U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson in Washington. 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.

Manafort lives in Virginia and was indicted there in February. When Kevin Downing, the lead lawyer for Manafort, said that in a flawless world "with rosy glasses on", the Virginia trial would start in November, the judge retorted: "You need to go back to the optometrist - that isn't going to happen".

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Manafort will be outfitted with a second Global Positioning System monitoring bracelet, BuzzFeed News reports, after he pleaded not guilty Thursday to tax and fraud charges in Virginia federal court.

A protester threw a Russian flag at former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Thursday as he was leaving a courthouse after pleading not guilty to tax and fraud charges in the second case brought against him by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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.

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Manafort did not speak during the hearing, which was his first appearance in Virginia. But because the District and Virginia use different systems, Manafort will be required to wear two distinct monitoring devices.

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