Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Federal Judge Delays Manafort Trial, Grants Immunity To 5 Witnesses

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Leonard Rios | 26 July, 2018, 20:29

He is also ordering the government to tell Manafort's team the almost 30 witnesses they are going to use in the trial.

The trial had been scheduled to start with jury selection July 25.

Manafort, a longtime Republican operative and businessman, appeared in court for the hearing in a green prison jumpsuit. He did not speak during the hearing but did acknowledge his wife with a smile during a brief break.

Manafort's lawyers also complained on Monday that the prosecution had turned over 120,000 additional pages of discovery without giving them ample time to review the records before trial, an argument the judge agreed with in issuing the delay.

Numerous documents came from devices owned by Rick Gates, Manafort's longtime partner who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with prosecutors.

The material includes photographs and possibly notes that prosecutors believe were not relevant to the government's case. But defense attorney Kevin Downing said Monday that his team is still struggling with the large volume of paperwork involved.

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"I'm not going to allow this trial to drag on", Ellis said, adding he would not let it turn into political theater. It will instead begin on Tuesday, January 31.

Ellis said a jury of 12 and four alternates would ultimately be seated to consider the case.

The witnesses were granted the limited "use immunity", which only covers the testimony compelled by Ellis and doesn't shield the witnesses from charges based on other evidence. It was not immediately clear what relationship those five witnesses have or had with Manafort.

The witnesses, who Mueller's team submitted for immunity last week and whose identities were not released publicly until Monday, are James Brennan, Donna Duggan, Conor O'Brien, Cindy Laporta, and Dennis Raico, according to Talking Points Memo.

Their relationships to Manafort are largely linked to financial transactions the government plans to question at trial. He is expected to be a key witness in Mueller's case.

Manafort had a different defense team at the time. He said Manafort was paid by Ukranian olegarchs who routed money to Manafort-controlled accounts in Cyprus.

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