Judge Proposes May Start Date For Paul Manafort Trial

A federal judge has proposed a start date of May 7, 2018 start date for the trials of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates. (image credit: Pixabay)

The judge presiding over the trials of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates has proposed a trial start date of May 7, 2018. Paul Manafort was the former campaign chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign. Richard Gates is Paul Manafort's business partner and protege. Both men were recently indicted on multiple felonies.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson will preside over pre-trial arguments which are set to commence on November 6, 2017 according to the Hill.

Special counsel Robert Mueller estimates his prosecutors will need three weeks at trial to present their case against ex-Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates to a jury, according to a court filing made public Friday. Responding to a federal judge in Washington, Mueller prosecutor Kyle Freeny wrote that the government will likely need 15 trial days to present evidence supporting a 12-count indictment unsealed earlier this week alleging violations of federal money laundering, banking and foreign lobbying laws.