• The multiple criminal trials of Paul Manafort


Trial Venue Judge
USA v. Manafort & Gates Eastern District of Virginia Thomas Ellis
USA v. Manafort District of District of Columbia Amy Berman Jackson


  • 2014 - Paul Manafort came onto the Department of Justice radar in an unrelated matter
  • 2017 - Judge approved a search warrant for Manafort's condominium in Alexandra, Virginia
  • October 2017 - DC: Indictment filed in DC by Robert Mueller naming Manafort and Rick Gates, focusing on a relationship with the Ukraine
  • February 18, 2018 - DC: Superseding indictment issued; Gates pled out; Judge Amy Berman Jackson set trial date for September 2018
  • February 22, 2018 - VA: A second grand jury (in Virginia) return a 32 count indictment for tax evasion and bank fraud against Manafort and Gates (Again, Gates pled out)
  • Manafort objected to consolidating the two cases
  • July 6, 2018 - VA: Manafort asks for trial to be moved from Alexandra (Eastern District of Virginia) to Roanoke (Western District of Virginia); Ellis rejects the request
  • July 10, 2018 - VA: The Virginia case originally scheduled to go to trial; There was a two week continuance leading the trial to start on July 25th
  • Manafort moved to suppress the evidence from the search warrants as illegal search and seizure; Both courts denied motion to suppress
  • VA: Motion in limine for Evidence or arguments:
    • of collusion and Manafort working for Trump (gov: limited objections - claims Trump campaign is relevant)
    • concerning charges in the DC case (gov: limited objections - some Gates allegations are relevant)
    • regarding the defendant's remand in the DC case (gov: no objections)
  • VA: Motions to compel to immunize and seal the identities of 5 witnesses
  • July 24, 2018 - VA: Judge delays trial until July 31st, 5 witnesses immunized
  • September 14, 2018 - DC: Manafort pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy against the United States and agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.


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