Judge delays Manafort's trial in Virginia due to family member's 'medical procedure'

Judge delays Manafort's trial in Virginia due to family member's 'medical procedure'
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A federal judge in Virginia on Friday postponed former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Hunter Biden blasts Trump in new book: 'A vile man with a vile mission' MORE's jury trial on fraud and money laundering changes, moving the start date from July 10 to July 24.

In an order issued in federal court in Alexandria, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III cited a "family member's medical procedure" as the reason for the change.


"Owing to a family member's medical procedure, the Court cannot begin the jury trial on July 10, 2018 as currently scheduled," Ellis wrote. "It is thus necessary to reset the trial."

It wasn't immediately clear to which family member he was referring.

Manafort is facing federal charges in Virginia and Washington, D.C., for tax and bank fraud, money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work done in Ukraine.

His trial in Washington is set to take place in September.

The allegations were uncovered by investigators on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's team, which is investigating Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and any other issues that may arise from that probe.

The charges against Manafort are not related to work he did for the Trump campaign, and many of the alleged crimes go back years.