The Latest: Judge sets May 7 court date for Manafort, Gates
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Russia probe (all times local):
A judge has tentatively set a trial date for next year in the case of two former Trump campaign aides.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says in a court filing Friday that the trial of Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, and his business associate Rick Gates will start on May 7.
That date is subject to change.
Manafort and Gates were charged Monday in a 12-count indictment alleging violations of money laundering, banking and foreign lobbying laws.
They’ve both pleaded not guilty and are free on bail but under house arrest.
Court documents show President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman plans to challenge the evidence obtained by special counsel Robert Mueller.
An attorney for Paul Manafort says in papers filed Friday that he expects to file pretrial motions to suppress what Mueller “improperly obtained by search warrant, subpoena or otherwise.”
Manafort’s Virginia home was raided in July by FBI agents.
Lawyer Kevin Downing says in a filing that he also plans to file motions challenging the legal basis of the charges.
Manafort and his onetime deputy, Rick Gates, were charged Monday in a 12-count indictment alleging violations of money laundering, banking and foreign lobbying laws.
They’ve both pleaded not guilty and are free on bail but under house arrest. Their lawyers have sought to ease the conditions of their pre-trial confinement.
Three Republican House members are introducing a resolution that calls for Robert Mueller to “resign from his special counsel position immediately.”
Mueller was appointed special counsel in May to lead the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian election interference and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign was involved. Since then, some Republicans have pushed back on the investigation.
Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Louis Gohmert of Texas introduced the resolution, which would be nonbinding if passed. Republican leaders have shown little appetite for publicly pressuring Mueller.
The lawmakers say Mueller should step down because he was FBI director when a Russian-backed company purchased American uranium mines in 2010. They say he mishandled the case, which Trump has called the “real Russia story.”
Court documents show Special Counsel Robert Mueller thinks it will take three weeks to present a case against ex-Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.
A filing made public Friday in federal court in Washington by Mueller prosecutor Kyle Freeny estimates 15 trial days to present the case to a jury.
On Monday, Mueller filed a 12-count indictment against Manafort, who served as Trump’s campaign chairman, and his deputy Gates. The charges include violations of federal money laundering, foreign lobbying and banking laws.
Manafort and Gates have both pleaded not guilty. They’ve been placed on house arrest and released on multi-million dollar bonds.
In court papers, lawyers for Manafort called Mueller’s case “embellished,” and asked a judge to ease the terms of his pre-trial confinement.