Mark Your Calendar: Manafort Fraud Trial Set for July

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It was the second time in two weeks that Manafort entered a not guilty plea to federal charges.

The trial is one of two on Manafort's schedule in 2018. Jurors will hear from 20 to 25 witnesses over a trial that will last eight to 10 days, prosecutors said.

The grand jury indictment in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, accuses Manafort of hiding from the Internal Revenue Service tens of millions of dollars he earned advising pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.

Manafort's former business partner, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty in the Washington federal court to conspiracy and lying to the FBI.

In Washington, he faces counts of conspiracy to launder more than $30 million (U.S.), making false statements, failing to follow lobbying disclosure laws and working as an unregistered foreign agent. If convicted, Manafort will face up to 305 years in jail.

A federal judge in Alexandria on Thursday set a July 10 trial date for Paul Manafort.

If Manafort were to choose to avoid a trial and change his plea to guilty, he could be forced to share details he knows about Trump campaign officials' contact with Russians and other foreign nationals.

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The charges were brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. The split in venues, prosecutors explained, is because the alleged crimes also occurred in the Eastern District.

At Thursday's hearing, Manafort and his lawyers indicated that he fully intends to contest the charges.

Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni did put out a statement shortly after the indictment was announced.

In return, Mueller agreed to drop 22 tax and bank fraud charges against him. That suit is before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who also is overseeing Manafort's criminal case in the District.

The judge imposed similar bail conditions on Manafort to those already in place in the District, including home confinement.

The current restrictions, Downing said, are "excessive" and "incredibly onerous".

Manafort's case is before Judge T.S. Ellis III, a senior judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.