Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

'Traitor!': Manafort faces protester after pleading not guilty

'Traitor!': Manafort faces protester after pleading not guilty

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.

If convicted of bank fraud in Virginia, Manafort faces up to 270 years in prison, but prosecutors say federal sentencing guidelines call for much less time: four to five years.

During Thursday's hearing, Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing broached the idea of an extension for the trial date with U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III.

The mysterious protester held up a sign that read "Blood money" as Rick Gates, a former top adviser to President Donald Trump's, entered federal court, where he pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and false statements charges.

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Both indictments accuse Manafort of hiding the work he did for and the money he made from a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine and former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

None of the charges against Manafort make reference to alleged Russian interference in the election nor the accusations of collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

Prosecutors said in court that they planned to call 20 to 25 witnesses for the trial and the arguments could last up to two weeks.

For now, the Virginia trial will start before the Washington trial, which is scheduled to begin in September. It's the second case tied to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in which Manafort has pleaded not guilty.

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Deripaska, who Manafort offered to give private updates on the Trump campaign's status when he was its helm, went on to charge people suspicious of the Trump campaign's connections to Russian Federation with making it up as a means to boost the military.

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. For legal reasons, he has two cases in two courts.

In return, Mueller agreed to drop 22 tax and bank fraud charges against him. He requested the Justice Department rescind Mueller's appointment.

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