President Donald Trumps former campaign chair Paul Manafort and former colleague Rick Gates pleaded not guilty of charges resulting from Special Counsel Robert Muellers Russian presidential-election meddling probe.
Manaforts bail was set at $10M and Gates at $5M. Mueller’s team has asked that both men be placed under house arrest, which, CNN legal pundit Jeffrey Toobin translated means Mueller’s camp is making the case to the judge that both men are flight risks.
The two men had been indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. TV news pundits noted the allegations of conspiracy against the U.S. continued through 2017, which would include Manaforts relatively brief stint as Trumps campaign chief.
The made their appearance at a federal court as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was busy distracting TV cameras at her Monday press briefing.
TV news outlet’s super-busy Monday began early when Manafort and his longtime lobbying partner Rick Gates surrendered to federal authorities early in the morning, after CNN reported Mueller’s highly hyped first indictments in his Russia probe could be unveiled today. News that the high-level Trump campaign honcho collided with POTUS plans for a big week unveiling his tax reform plan and the start of his 12-day trip to Asia. The New York Times first reported its Manafort and Gates who face charges in Muellers first indictments.