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Mueller requests May trial date for Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort stand trial on May 14, according to a Friday court filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

If the court accepts the date, it will be the first criminal trial in the Russia investigation.

In October, Manafort and his business associate Richard W. Gates were indicted on approximately a dozen charges.

Manafort faces nine charges, including conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and failure to file as a foreign agent. Many of the charges relate to his work as a consultant for the government of the pro-Russian former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty.

President Trump recently denounced the investigation as "the single greatest Witch Hunt in American history."

The former Trump campaign chairman has attempted to challenge the charges against him as well as the validity of the Russia investigation. Earlier this month, Manafort's lawyers filed a lawsuit against Mueller and the Department of Justice, claiming the special counsel had gone beyond the legal scope of the investigation.

So far four people have been charged in the Mueller probe: Manafort, Gates, former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, and former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos.

Flynn and Papadopoulos have both pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI.

The Russia investigation is specifically focused on discovering any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the 2016 Trump campaign, as well as any matters that arise from that investigation.


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