Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleads not guilty to charges

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleads not guilty to charges

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the election, possible obstruction of justice, and alleged financial crimes by Manafort and others.

President Trump's one-time campaign manager, Manafort was greeted by shouts of "traitor" as he arrived at the courthouse. With a file from the Associated Press.

If he's found guilty on the charges in the Washington case, Manafort could be sentenced to almost 20 years in prison.

He is also facing a second case in federal court in Virginia, where he pleaded not guilty to tax and fraud charges.

Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said in court that the special counsel's office has already turned over all relevant documents to Manafort's attorneys and was ready to go to trial soon.

Manafort, who was caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, was arraigned in Virginia, where he was indicted on bank fraud and other charges in February - four months after he was indicted in Washington on conspiracy and money-laundering charges.

At a court appearance in Washington, D.C. on February 28, Judge Amy Berman Jackson chastised President Trump's former campaign chairman, saying, "I want to reiterate, Mr. Manafort, that the order that I issued, over no one's objection, does not just apply to Mr". Guidelines call for about eight to 10 years, though.

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In Washington, he faces counts of conspiracy to launder more than $30 million, making false statements, failing to follow lobbying disclosure laws, and working as an unregistered foreign agent.

If convicted, Manafort, 68, could face more than 10 years behind bars in the Virginia case and nearly 20 years in the Washington case.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, based in Alexandria, Virginia has set a tentative trial date for July 10.

At Thursday's hearing, Manafort and his lawyers indicated that he fully intends to contest the charges. For legal reasons, he has two cases in two courts.

Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni did put out a statement shortly after the indictment was announced.

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

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