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Paul Manafort will face trial first in Virginia and then in Washington

Paul Manafort will face trial first in Virginia and then in Washington

He already pleaded not guilty to another set of charges in Washington, D.C., that are set to go to trial in September.

The charges are not directly related to election interference but revolve around Manafort and Gates's lucrative lobbying on behalf of pro-Russian political figures in the Ukraine.

Manafort entered a not guilty plea Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, where he faces 18 counts including bank fraud and tax fraud.

Citing Manafort's significant wealth, Ellis said the former campaign chairman "manifestly" represented a flight risk in part because of "the substantial period of incarceration" he faced if convicted. On occasion, Jackson has allowed Manafort to travel outside of Virginia, including to attend the recent funeral of his father-in-law in NY.

This is the second formal indictment Manafort has received so far in the investigation headed by Mueller, whom the former campaign chief sued in early 2018 along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty on Thursday to additional criminal charges stemming from the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and will face trial in July, radio Voice of America reported. However, legal adviser Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign adviser and friend of Managort, in February pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the U.S. and giving false testimony to federal authorities.

The Virginia indictment accused Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, of lying to banks about their business income in order to secure more than $20 million in loans.

The new indictment says Manafort and Gates passed the money they received from Ukraine through foreign bank accounts to hide it from the Internal Revenue Service.

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.


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