Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Manafort Appears in Federal Court, Pleads Not Guilty

Monday, October 30, 2017
By Paul Martin


Paul Manafort, once a campaign manager for Donald Trump’s successful 2016 election run, appeared in a federal Washington, DC, court Monday where he plead not guilty to 12 charges, including conspiracy against the US.

The duo had their passports confiscated and have been placed on home confinement; the government has reported asked for Manafort’s bail to be set at $10 million and Gates’ at $5 million. The trial may not begin for another six months even if the docketing process is expedited.

The allegations against Manafort arose as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation but the actions in question occurred before Manafort was part of Trump’s campaign.

Manafort is represented by Kevin M. Downing, an attorney specializing in white collar crime. Downing worked as a senior Justice Department official before leaving to represent clients in complex financial investigation cases.

Rick Gates, one of Manafort’s business partners, was also included in the indictment. According to the indictment, the pair “generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work.” Gates’ attorney, a public defender, pleaded not guilty for the defendant.

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