Manafort, Gates trial could come days before midterm election

The midterm elections this year might be haunted by allegations of Russian meddling in Donald Trump's presidential ca...

Posted: Jan 16, 2018 4:39 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2018 4:39 PM

The midterm elections this year might be haunted by allegations of Russian meddling in Donald Trump's presidential campaign, after a federal judge said Tuesday that Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates may face their criminal trial just before November.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson suggested at a hearing Tuesday morning that the trial could start in September or October, meaning it could potentially end weeks or days before the midterm election.

Prosecutors from Robert Mueller's special counsel office asked for three weeks to present their side of the case at the trial.

The judge refrained from setting a firm date. Previously, Berman Jackson and the prosecution had sought a May start for the trial. That date was too soon, she said, because Mueller's office was still turning over evidence to the defense team -- some 640,000 documents and other items as of this week, prosecutors said.

Statements from the defense teams addressing their indictments will be due by the end of February, and both sides will argue about them through March, the judge said.

The men face a total of 12 charges related to money laundering and falsifying records. Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty.

Gates released from house arrest

Berman Jackson also said in court that Gates could be released from house arrest Tuesday, a change in his bail that he'd sought for months. Bates will live in Richmond, Virginia, under a nightly curfew, will wear a GPS monitor and won't be allowed near airports, train stations and bus stations. He will post more than $5 million as collateral for his bail.

Manafort is still not out from house arrest. "The keys to his release lay with him," Berman Jackson said, while noting she still awaited paperwork from Manafort to secure his $10 million bail.

She noted that his doctor had sent her a note related to his house arrest. "While he is subject to home confinement, he's not confined to his couch. I believe he has the opportunity to exercise," Berman Jackson said.

Repeating gag order

Berman Jackson also warned Gates about making public statements, especially to journalists and through spokespeople, after he filmed a video that thanked potential legal defense fund donors at a gathering in late December.

This was the second time Berman Jackson warned one of the defendants about violating the court's gag order on the case, which is meant to prevent both sides from influencing public opinion. She previously warned Manafort after he worked on an op-ed that defended his political consulting work in Ukraine and was submitted to a Ukrainian newspaper.

The judge set two upcoming hearings for Manafort and Gates: on February 14 and on April 17.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 30900

Reported Deaths: 1111
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds249840
DeSoto159416
Madison130034
Jones112449
Neshoba98871
Rankin93412
Harrison91211
Lauderdale90979
Forrest86942
Scott77115
Jackson62216
Copiah60215
Washington5849
Leake57819
Holmes55341
Lee54718
Wayne54513
Oktibbeha54126
Warren51518
Yazoo5096
Leflore48751
Grenada4835
Lowndes48313
Lincoln46034
Lamar4587
Pike43112
Monroe40130
Lafayette3914
Sunflower3727
Attala36023
Covington3565
Panola3506
Newton3399
Bolivar33414
Simpson3173
Adams31118
Pontotoc2866
Tate28310
Marion28111
Chickasaw27718
Claiborne27410
Noxubee2638
Jasper2626
Winston2616
Pearl River25432
Clay25010
Marshall2323
Smith21811
Clarke20724
Union2079
Coahoma2016
Walthall1995
Kemper17914
Lawrence1772
Yalobusha1707
Carroll16511
Humphreys1479
Tallahatchie1364
Itawamba1358
Montgomery1322
Calhoun1304
Tippah13011
Hancock12813
Webster12710
Jefferson Davis1114
Prentiss1083
Jefferson1073
Greene1058
Tunica1003
Wilkinson949
Amite912
George883
Tishomingo801
Quitman760
Choctaw744
Alcorn692
Perry664
Stone651
Franklin452
Sharkey370
Benton360
Issaquena91
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 44375

Reported Deaths: 984
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson5221152
Montgomery4127103
Mobile4080134
Tuscaloosa228842
Marshall171110
Madison14307
Lee138437
Shelby128423
Morgan11025
Walker93924
Elmore92514
Franklin89514
Dallas8809
Baldwin8649
Etowah73913
DeKalb7195
Butler63328
Chambers62927
Autauga60712
Tallapoosa59169
Russell5520
Unassigned50323
Houston4964
Limestone4950
Lauderdale4906
Lowndes47221
Cullman4524
Pike4295
Colbert3956
St. Clair3822
Coffee3772
Bullock36910
Covington3587
Calhoun3545
Escambia3506
Barbour3492
Hale31121
Talladega3097
Marengo30211
Wilcox2918
Dale2880
Sumter28512
Clarke2746
Jackson2732
Winston2583
Chilton2462
Blount2351
Monroe2352
Pickens2356
Marion22413
Conecuh2097
Randolph2069
Choctaw19512
Macon1949
Bibb1901
Greene1868
Perry1771
Henry1343
Crenshaw1253
Washington1097
Lawrence1080
Cherokee977
Geneva800
Lamar771
Fayette701
Clay652
Coosa581
Cleburne361
Out of AL00
Tupelo
Few Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 83°
Columbus
Overcast
75° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 75°
Oxford
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
Starkville
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 73°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather