Manafort Trial Start Delayed; Witnesses With Immunity Identified

Manafort Trial Start Delayed; Witnesses With Immunity Identified

Manafort Trial Start Delayed; Witnesses With Immunity Identified

Postponing the start of Paul Manafort's trial on bank and tax fraud until next week, a federal judge in Virginia on Monday granted the request of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to give limited immunity to five different people in exchange for their testimony in the bank and tax fraud trial of the former Trump Campaign Manager.

Manafort, dressed in a green jail jumpsuit, was in the courtroom as his attorneys argued for the delay.

Manafort is scheduled for trial on July 25, 2018.

"We thought that we would get it through discovery".

Defense attorney Kevin Downing said in a hearing that numerous documents related to Rick Gates, Manafort's right-hand man who pleaded guilty and is cooperating with prosecutors.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Assistant US Attorney Uzo Asonye said most of those documents involve pictures downloaded when Gates visited websites and would not be part of the prosecution's case.

Those witnesses are James Brennan, Donna Duggan, Conor O'Brien, Cindy Laporta and Dennis Raico.

"I'm not going let this trial drag on", he said. Prosecutors pushed back and said most of the documents were actually images and notes from Gates' devices - not emails.

Manafort also faces a trial in federal court in Washington, D.C. on separate charges.

It will be the first trial to originate in the special counsel's investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election. He was also accused that he is not registered as a foreign agent, while engaged in lobbying in the United States Pro-Kremlin government of Ukraine of former President Viktor Yanukovych.

"You don't really care about Mr. Manafort", Ellis told Mueller's team at the time.

There was also a dispute over whether Manafort's legal team could make arguments to the jury about Mueller's "motive" in bringing charges in this case. Manafort co-founded Davis Manafort Partners (DMP) in 2005, to engage in political consulting, with staff in the US, Ukraine and Russian Federation.

Manafort would like Ellis, the judge, to ask jurors where they get their news, the extent of their involvement in politics and whether they voted in the 2016 election.

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