Business Standard

Trump ex-campaign chief pleads not guilty to bank fraud

IANS  |  Washingron 

US Donald Trump's former campaign chief on Thursday pleaded not guilty to several charges, including and filing false tax returns, in a court.

filed the charges as part of his investigation into presumed Russian interference in the 2016 elections, potential obstruction of justice and Manafort's alleged financial crimes, reported.

This is the second formal indictment Manafort has received so far in the investigation headed by Mueller, whom the former campaign chief sued in early 2018 along with

So far, Trump has categorically denied any alleged coordination or collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin to harm his electoral rival, Hillary Clinton, whom he - to the surprise of virtually everyone - defeated for the presidency last November.

The indictment against Manafort, 68, comes as a result of Mueller's investigation into the links between and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election, but it is not related to Manafort's activities between May and August 2016 as the mogul's

Manafort has to resign from the campaign after it was discovered that he had hidden from US authorities a payment of $12.7 million that he received for advising former pro-Ukrainian

However, Rick Gates, a former Trump and friend of Managort, in February pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the US and giving false testimony to federal authorities.

Due to his admission of guilt, Gates can become a key witness for investigators eyeing the potential links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.



(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 06:44 IST