Judge sets May 7 court date for Manafort, Gates

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Trump was also non-committal in response to a question about whether he would fire attorney-general Jeff Sessions, who he has criticised for appointing special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate potential collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian efforts to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, said he expects to file pre-trial motions to suppress evidence "improperly obtained by search warrant, subpoena or otherwise" by Mueller's investigators, a court filing Friday shows.

Trump continues: "A lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me".

President Donald Trump said yesterday he did not remember much at a meeting past year with a former campaign aide who pleaded guilty last month as part of a federal probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election. "It took place a long time [ago]", Trump told reporters just as he was about to embark on a trip to Asia. "I don't remember much about it".

In this era of frighteningly tiny attention spans and news cycles which barely last an hour, the indictments and guilty plea of President Donald Trump's former campaign aides - including the man who ran the whole show during a key period of time - in the Russian Federation probe have already faded from news coverage as quickly as advertisements for Halloween costumes. Papadopoulos later told agents he used that gathering to offer to arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He alleged that Mr Trump's former press secretary and now White House head of communications, Hope Hicks, had made the situation worse by making unequivocal statements suggesting the campaign had not spoken to Russians when they had.

And although the White House maintains that Trump's tweets are "official record", it says Trump has not ordered Sessions or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to do anything related to Democrats. I'm not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing.

And during his January 10 confirmation hearing with the same committee, Sessions said that he was "not aware" of anyone in the Trump campaign communicating with the Russian government.

"Of course there is, I think most serious people understand that", said Clinton. "He knows what opposition research is".

This is significant because, in February of 2017, Trump flatly declared that he did not know of anyone on his campaign who talked to Russian Federation during the campaign. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized documents and other material from Manafort's Virginia home in a July raid.

President Trump's former campaign manager, facing a 12-count indictment and now under house arrest, and his legal team are beginning to mount their defense against the federal charges he's facing.

Responding to Judge Jackson 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.

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