Paul Manafort gets a trial date

Former Trump campaign chairman pleads not guilty to charges

Paul Manafort gets a trial date

President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty Thursday to money laundering and tax evasion charges as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

The protester, standing outside of a federal court building in Alexandria, Va., held a sign that read "blood money" and shouted "Traitor!" as Manafort left the courthouse, NBC News reports.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis scheduled the trial to begin on July 10.

The former high-powered Washington lobbyist previously pleaded not guilty to five other federal charges, including failing to register as a foreign agent while representing Ukraine's pro-Kremlin government, during a separate arraignment in Washington.

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The charges were brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. After his business there dried up, according to prosecutors, Manafort fraudulently secured over $20 million in loans in part by using his real estate as collateral.

Manafort last week also pleaded not guilty in a related case in Washington, District of Columbia, where he is set to go to trial September 17. It's the second case tied to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in which Manafort has pleaded not guilty. Jurors will hear from 20 to 25 witnesses over a trial that will last eight to 10 days, prosecutors said.

Jackson issued the gag order in November, saying that Manafort and others involved in the case had to "refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings" to avoid tainting a jury with pretrial publicity.

They believe Manafort laundered $30 million before Yankukovych was ousted from the Ukraine in 2014, but in total "more than $75 million flowed through offshore accounts", the superseding indictment said.

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Manafort is innocent of the Virginia charges, his spokesman Jason Maloni said after the indictment was announced.

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman has pleaded not guilty on charges including tax evasion and bank fraud.

In return, Mueller agreed to drop 22 tax and bank fraud charges against him.

The judge imposed similar bail conditions on Manafort to those already in place in the District, including home confinement.

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