Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE has requested a trial date for former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report MORE and his business associate Richard Gates.
In a court filing Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia reported by Reuters, Mueller's team of prosecutors requested a trial date of May 14.
Manafort and Gates were indicted in October on charges of money laundering and tax fraud. The charges stem from Mueller's ongoing probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Manafort and Gates have denied collusion, and have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A 31-page indictment filed in October makes no mention of Manafort’s work for President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE’s campaign, which began in March 2016 and ended with Manafort's ouster that August over ties to pro-Russia officials in Ukraine.
Mueller's team alleges Manafort and Gates were paid tens of millions of dollars for their work for the Ukrainian officials that was then laundered “in order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities.”
In November, Mueller's team reached an $11 million bail deal with Manafort, and a separate $5 million bail deal for Gates. The two have been on house arrest since their indictment.
Two other former Trump associates have also been charged in the special counsel investigation and are still awaiting trial.
Former national security adviser Mike Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with foreign nationals in November, while former Trump campaign foreign policy aide George Papadopolous has also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.