Pros­e­cu­tors will re­quest May 14 trial date for Manafort and Gates

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Pros­e­cu­tors with spe­cial coun­sel Robert S. Mueller III said Fri­day that they will ask a fed­eral judge to set a May 14 trial date for Pres­i­dent Trump’s for­mer cam­paign man­ager Paul Manafort, as well as a busi­ness part­ner, on fraud, con­spir­acy and money laun­der­ing charges.

The govern­ment stated its in­ten­tion in a court fil­ing that also sum­ma­rized how much ev­i­dence pros­e­cu­tors have turned over as re­quired to Manafort’s co-de­fen­dant, Rick Gates. The fil­ing comes ahead of a hear­ing Tues­day to up­date U.S. District Judge Amy Ber­man Jack­son of Wash­ing­ton on the sta­tus of the case.

Manafort, 68, and his long­time deputy Gates, 45, have pleaded not guilty and re­main un­der home de­ten­tion while de­tails are worked out for their re­lease on se­cured bonds of $10 mil­lion and nearly $5 mil­lion, re­spec­tively.

They were in­dicted Oct. 30 in con­nec­tion with Manafort’s se­cret lob­by­ing for a Rus­sia-friendly political party in Ukraine, in the first pub­licly dis­closed crim­i­nal charges in Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of pos­si­ble Rus­sian in­flu­ence in U.S. political af­fairs.

Sep­a­rately, for­mer Trump na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael Flynn and Trump cam­paign for­eign pol­icy aide Ge­orge Pa­padopou­los have pleaded guilty to ly­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors about their for­eign con­tacts and are co­op­er­at­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

On Fri­day, Mueller’s team said that it had turned over more than 590,000 records to Gates, among them emails, fi­nan­cial and cor­po­rate records — in­clud­ing 2,200 des­ig­nated by pros­e­cu­tors as “hot” or high-pri­or­ity — and copies of in­for­ma­tion on 87 elec­tronic de­vices col­lected through 19 search war­rants. Thirty-five of the de­vices were seized from Manafort’s house, the fil­ing says.

The num­ber of records in the case has bal­looned since pros­e­cu­tors made a sim­i­lar dis­clo­sure Dec. 8, when they gave both de­fen­dants some 400,000 items, in­clud­ing con­tents of 36 me­mory de­vices, and dis­closed 15 war­rants.

The lat­est four-page fil­ing states that the govern­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion has con­tin­ued and that on Fri­day, the govern­ment turned over a sixth batch of records, in­clud­ing for­eign bank records ob­tained since the two men were charged.

In a foot­note, pros­e­cu­tors noted that they are not turn­ing over to Gates records that they ob­tained from Manafort that are not rel­e­vant to Gates’s case, and vice versa. They also wrote that “elec­tronic ev­i­dence seized from Manafort’s res­i­dence was pre­vi­ously made avail­able to Manafort ear­lier this year (to the ex­tent that the FBI was able to ac­cess the de­vices/me­dia seized at that time).”

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