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 ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway 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) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report 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.