Paul Manafort

Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort likely to face trial no sooner than September, judge suggests

Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort likely to face trial no sooner than September, judge suggests

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will face trial no sooner than September, the judge hearing his case indicated after an hourlong hearing Tuesday in which prosecutors and defense attorneys sparred over his continuing house arrest and a separate lawsuit challenging the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Prosecutors told the court Friday that they intended to ask for a May 14 trial date for Manafort, 68, and his former business partner, Rick Gates, 45, whose Oct. 30 indictments on fraud, conspiracy and money laundering counts were the first disclosed in Mueller's probe of Russian influence in U.S. political affairs.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to...

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