Washington - A federal judge on Tuesday delayed setting a trial date for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who faces charges stemming from the special counsel's probe of allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.
Defense lawyers said the government has still not yet produced all of the evidence it has gathered, and they need more time to pore through it and file the necessary motions.
The government had sought for a May start to the trial. But Judge Amy Berman Jackson said at Tuesday's hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that a trial for Manafort and his business partner Richard Gates might not start until the fall of 2018.
"We have limited resources," Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing said Tuesday. "We're not big law firms."
Manafort and Gates face charges that include failing to register as foreign agents for political work they did for a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party, as well as conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy against the United States.