Mueller asks for immunity for 5 witnesses in Manafort case

“Sealing is actually also appropriate because the information contained inside motions could lead to reputational harm,” prosecutors wrote.

Mueller’s team noted which if the individuals do testify at Manafort’s trial, their identities would likely become public.

Mueller is actually asking Ellis to give the witnesses what is actually known as “use immunity,” which would likely prevent prosecutors by using their testimony as evidence against them in a criminal case, additional than one in which they are accused of perjuring themselves in which testimony. The special counsel is actually not asking for so-called transactional immunity for the witnesses, which would likely give them protection by being prosecuted ever for the issues mentioned in their immunized testimony.

Manafort’s trial on charges which include bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, along with tax crimes is actually due to begin July 25 in Alexandria court.

which case, along with another pending federal case against him in Washington, D.C., both relate to consulting along with lobbying work Manafort did on behalf of pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment on the motion seeking immunity for the 5 witnesses.

Manafort’s lawyer Jay Nanavati did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Manafort, 69, is actually currently being held without bail in a jail in Alexandria. His $10 million Discharge bond was revoked by another federal judge last month after Mueller accused him of trying to tamper with potential witnesses.

After his scheduled trial in Alexandria, Manafort is actually set to go on trial in Washington on Sept. 17.

Additional reporting by CNBC’s
Tucker Higgins

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