Federal Judge Delays Manafort Trial, Grants Immunity To 5 Witnesses

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

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

The trial had been scheduled to start on Wednesday.

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


The rest of the remaining records to be reviewed, meanwhile, entail images and photos that were taken off various electronic devices belonging to Gates, Manafort's former business partner.

"It depends on how you calculate the expense", Ellis replied. Alex Van der Zwaan, a lawyer who once worked closely with Manafort and Gates, has also pleaded guilty and has been sentenced. They said numerous documents are from four "phones or iPads" belonging to Gates and most were printouts of images.

The witnesses are James Brennan, Dennis Raico, Cindy Laporta, Donna Duggan, and Conor O'Brien, who all seem to be connected to Manafort's financial and real-estate dealings.

"I don't anticipate that a government witness will utter the word 'Russia", Andres said.


U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis granted them immunity to speak freely while testifying about Manafort.

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

In two criminal cases brought by the special counsel, Manafort has been charged with money laundering and tax evasion, among other things. "Evidence concerning Mr. Yanukovych, the Party of Regions, and the work that Mr. Manafort performed on their behalf poses the substantial risk that the jurors will be sidetracked by Mr. Yanukovych's controversial tenure as Ukraine's president, his removal from power in the midst of public protests, the charges of treason brought against him by the Ukrainian government, and his current exile in Russian Federation". He stepped down after his previous work in Ukraine was revealed.

Lawyers sought the delay for Manafort, a long-time Republican operative and businessman who is a target of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election. "People can be fair and impartial no matter who they voted for".


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