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Manafort and Gates plead not guilty to charges

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates have pleaded not guilty following their arrest on charges related to conspiracy against the United States and other felonies. The charges are the first from the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
  
Manafort and Gates appeared before a federal judge Monday in Washington. They are charged with a combined 12 counts, including 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.
  
White House Press Secretray Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump is not planning "any changes" with special counsel Robert Mueller.
  

Sanders said there is "no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to special counsel."
  
Sanders also said the White House expects the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election "to conclude soon." She said the alleged misdeeds have nothing to do with Trump.
  
However,  she said it "has everything to do" with Hillary Clinton's campaign and a research firm that produced the dossier of allegations about Trump's ties to the Kremlin.
  
Sanders was asked about the guilty plea by former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. She says Papadopoulos was a "volunteer" with the campaign.

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