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Mueller requests trial date for Manafort, Gates

Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested a trial date for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort 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.

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A 31-page indictment filed in October makes no mention of Manafort’s work for President Trump’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.

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