Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial in a Virginia federal court on tax evasion and bank fraud charges filed by special counsel Robert Mueller will be delayed two weeks to now begin in late July, the judge in the case said Friday.
Alexandria-based U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III announced in an order that he is sliding the start date for Manafort's trial from July 10 to July 24.
The judge said the delay was triggered by a medical procedure for one of his family members. However, last week he ordered a two-week delay in a hearing on some key motions in the case. That move led to speculation that Manafort's trial might wind up being delayed.
The Virginia case is one of two criminal cases Manafort is facing. The other case, also brought by Mueller's prosecutors, charges the longtime political consultant and lobbyist with money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent in connection with his Ukraine-related work. That case, pending in U.S. District Court in Washington, is set to go to trial Sept. 17.
With the Virginia trial expected to last at least several weeks, it seems possible that further delays in Manafort's Virginia trial could lead to a delay in the Washington case.
A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment on the judge's announcement. A spokesman for Mueller's office declined to comment.