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Ex-Trump campaign head Manafort pleads not guilty in second case

AFP  |  Washington 

- Former Trump campaign pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of and tax fraud in Robert Mueller's sprawling meddling probe.

Answering the second set of charges brought against him by Mueller's team, Manafort asked the federal court in Alexandria, for a jury trial.

A trial date was set for July 10.

On February 28 Manafort, 68, also pleaded not guilty in a court to charges of money laundering, illegal lobbying and lying, setting up the first trial to result from Mueller's investigation.

The charges in both cases relate to Manafort laundering some USD 75 million in relation to his work for Russia-backed former between about 2006 and 2014.

Manafort's former in and on the Trump campaign, Rick Gates, negotiated a plea deal last month with Mueller, accepting reduced charges in exchange for cooperation in the broader probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians who interfered in the 2016

But Manafort, a veteran Republican political consultant, has refused to do a deal and will go to trial instead.

The trial related to the charges set in the court will begin on September 17.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 06:55 IST