Judge Unveils Names of Witnesses With Immunities in Manafort Case

Judge Unveils Names of Witnesses With Immunities in Manafort Case

Judge Unveils Names of Witnesses With Immunities in Manafort Case

A federal judge has postponed until next week the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III released those names as he granted the request of Manafort's attorneys to delay the start of the trial.

Mueller's probe has led to multiple indictments and several guilty pleas from other Trump associates, including Rick Gates, a former Trump deputy campaign chairman who worked with Manafort.

Gates pleaded guilty earlier this year and is expected to testify against Manafort.

Ellis also approved and unsealed motions to compel five witnesses against Manafort to testify at trial: James Brennan, Conor O'Brien, Donna Duggan, Cindy Laporta, Dennis Raico.

The trial, previously set to begin Wednesday, will be the first prosecuted by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

At Monday's hearing in Virginia, Judge Ellis also ordered the special counsel to provide defense attorneys for Manafort with the names of 30 prospective witnesses for trial, which is now scheduled to begin next week.

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"You don't really care about Mr. Manafort", Ellis told Mueller's team at the time. "He did", prosecutor Greg Andres replied.

Ellis said he'll allow prosecutors to mention Manafort's role on the Trump campaign, but only as it relates to a banker who allegedly sought to secure a role on the campaign in exchange for loans.

"I'm not going let this trial drag on", he said.

Manafort must defend himself against charges ranging from bank fraud to failing to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work he performed on behalf of Viktor Yanukovych, the former pro-Russia president of Ukraine.

Calk served on the Trump campaign's economic advisory team, and, according to the Wall Street Journal, wanted to be Trump's Army secretary. Ellis made it clear that he generally believes that prosecutors' motives are not relevant at trial, but said Manafort's lawyers could approach him during the trial, to make the argument in its "then-living color" as it comes up.

Manafort's lawyers have sought to exclude some of the exhibits, arguing they are irrelevant and would prejudice the jurors, but Mueller's office said the documents were pertinent. Downing said once the bookkeeper was subpoenaed by prosecutors, the firm demanded money to give them back to Manafort.

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