Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleads not guilty to charges

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleads not guilty to charges

The charges are part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian efforts to influence USA elections.

Manafort, 68, faces up to 305 years in prison if found guilty of all charges associated with the Virginia indictment.

The federal judge in Virginia set July 10 as the start of Manafort's trial.

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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Manafort and Gates worked for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian former Ukrainian president who was attempting to burnish his image in the US and Europe. The charges against Manafort don't relate to the election, although some of the alleged crimes occurred while he ran Trump's campaign.

Later, announcing the July trial date, Ellis said: " It's not only Mr. Manafort's right to a speedy trial, but it's the public's right as well".

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.

The mystery man sported a full white beard, black beanie hat and sunglasses as he extended his hands upward while Manafort arrived at the Albert V. Bryan Courthouse in Virginia.

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The alterations exaggerated his income so he could take out mortgages on properties he owned for years in New York City and the Hamptons, using the funds to pay for luxury items, clothes, trips, tuition and home renovations, prosecutors said. Deripaska sued Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates in January for $25 million in damages stemming from a failed business deal.

Newly released court documents show that a federal judge reprimanded Paul Manafort for breaking a gag order she had imposed on his case.

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

Gates pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy against the United States and making a false statement.

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"The new allegations against Mr. Manafort, once again, have nothing to do with Russian Federation and the 2016 election interference/collusion", Maloni said.

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