Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Judge delays Manafort trial, grants immunity to 5 Mueller witnesses

Judge delays Manafort trial, grants immunity to 5 Mueller witnesses

The federal judge in the upcoming federal court trial for President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Monday unsealed the names of five witnesses being granted immunity to testify, as he granted the defense's request to delay the start of the trial.

Manafort, a long-time Republican operative and businessman, appeared in court for the hearing in a green prison jumpsuit.

The trial scheduled to start on Wednesday involves 16 counts including bank and tax fraud and failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

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

The documents come from a firm that handled Manafort's bookkeeping and the electronic devices of Rick Gates, his longtime business associate.

Mueller's team has four "phones or iPads" and one laptop belonging to Gates, who pleaded guilty earlier this year and has been cooperating with the investigation.

"The fact that you're not using something does not mean it's not usable by the defense", Ellis responded. They said numerous documents are from four "phones or iPads" belonging to Gates and most were printouts of images.

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Downing said some of the data could be relevant notes the Gates wrote to himself.

The five witnesses granted immunity are: James Brennan, Donna Duggan, Conor O'Brien, Cindy Laporta and Dennis Raico.

"I don't think, to my knowledge, there are any exculpatory pictures in this case", he said. Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson last Thursday reported Podesta was offered immunity by Mueller to testify against Manafort in a D.C. court.

Manafort faces a second criminal trial in Washington in September on related charges, including witness tampering, in connection with lobbying work he performed for the pro-Russia Ukrainian government.

The floor of the Manafort been charged with money laundering, which he got while working on Party of regions in Ukraine.

The case against Manafort stems from Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, but prosecutors have indicated the case against Manafort will not explore Russia's attempted meddling in those elections. "People can be fair and impartial no matter who they voted for".

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