Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Mueller asks for immunity for witnesses in Manafort case

Mueller asks for immunity for witnesses in Manafort case

Special counsel Robert Mueller asked a federal judge Tuesday to grant immunity to five unidentified potential witnesses whose testimony he wants to compel at the criminal trial of ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, CNBC reported Tuesday, citing court documents.

Manafort faces charges of bank and tax fraud related to his business dealings.

Ahead of that trial, the Special Counsel's office notified the court today that they are seeking immunity for five persons, unnamed, and who NBC investigative reporter Tom Winter says have not previously been named in connection with the case. Motions providing more information about them were filed under seal, and prosecutors asked a judge to leave the information that way unless and until the witnesses are called to testify.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is shown in this booking photo in Alexanderia, Virginia, U.S., July 12, 2018.

Manafort's prosecution arose out of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Manafort argued the media saturation wouldn't allow him a fair and impartial trial, violating his 6th Amendment rights.

But Ellis rejected that argument Tuesday, saying media attention in the case would be the same in Alexandria "as it would be in Roanoke or Kansas City or Dallas".

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