Trump's Ex-Aide Manafort Due in Court Over Bid to Delay Trial

Trump's Ex-Aide Manafort Due in Court Over Bid to Delay Trial

On Monday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed the names of five witnesses who have received immunity in exchange for testimony against former Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort.

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller alleges Manafort led a "lavish lifestyle" in the United States off of "hidden wealth" stashed in foreign countries - without paying USA taxes.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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

Manafort joined the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump in March 2016 and served as the campaign manager from June to August that year.

Former U.S. attorney Joyce Alene tweeted that Ellis likely agreed to the delay because he "wants to make sure Manafort has had enough time to prepare so there are no gounds [sic] for appeal if there is a conviction".

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"There are equities and reasons on both sides", Ellis said Monday, explaining his decision. 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 really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever".

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

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.

Calk served on the Trump campaign's economic advisory team, and, according to the Wall Street Journal, wanted to be Trump's Army secretary. The Mueller indictment contains an email chain between Laporta and others regarding Manafort's "Int'l Income Question".

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. Manafort's defense lawyer Kevin Downing complained on Monday his team did not have enough time to review the records, which contain about 20,000 documents, including accounting records from Manafort's bookkeeping company.

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