Manafort pleads not guilty after new round of Russian Federation probe charges

  • Manafort pleads not guilty after new round of Russian Federation probe charges

Manafort pleads not guilty after new round of Russian Federation probe charges

Manafort is facing two separate indictments on an array of charges, including conspiracy to launder money, filing false tax returns, bank fraud, and failing to register as a foreign agent despite lobbying in the United States for the pro-Kremlin Ukrainian government of former President Viktor Yanukovych.

Manafort's court appearance was his first since Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed two indictments involving 18 counts of tax and banks fraud against him last week.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday set a trial date of September 17 on five charges filed by prosecutors investigating a Russian plot to influence the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump's associates during or after the campaign.

President Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort Jr., will stand trial in mid-September in Washington on charges stemming from the Russian Federation investigation, meaning the high-profile case will overlap with the midterm elections that could change control of Congress. However, since that plea, Gates has begun cooperating with the special counsel and on Tuesday, Mueller dropped the charges, per a Politico report.

"Notwithstanding that Rick Gates pled guilty today, I continue to maintain my innocence", Manafort told Fox News. Downing also said he plans to file a motion challenging her order. He was originally indicted past year with Gates, Trump's former deputy campaign manager.

Gates and Manafort were both charged with multiple counts of conspiracy, tax fraud and money laundering stemming from lobbying and consulting work related to Ukrainian politicians who are strong allies of Russian Federation.

"Right now, the order stands", Jackson said. In it, Manafort said Gates' decision "does not alter my commitment to defend myself against the untrue piled up charges in the indictment against me".

One of the sources said at least one of the bank employees, who felt pressured into approving the deals, is cooperating with federal investigators in NY and in Mueller's office.

Last week, the men's Russian-connected attorney Alex Van der Zwaan was charged with misleading the Federal Bureau of Investigation about work he did for Manafort and Gates.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.