Robert Mueller seeks subpoenas for trial of Paul Manafort

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (L) arrives at a federal courthouse with his attorney Kevin Downing, November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (L) arrives at a federal courthouse with his attorney Kevin Downing, November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Special counsel Robert Mueller asked a judge Thursday to issue 70 blank subpoenas in which will be used to compel the appearance of witnesses at the upcoming criminal trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The request comes a week after a judge tossed out a civil lawsuit filed by Manafort in which had challenged Mueller’s authority.

Manafort is actually charged with tax crimes as well as also bank fraud inside the federal case set to begin trial July 10 in Alexandria, Va. The alleged crimes are related to work he did on behalf of a political party in Ukraine in which leaned toward Russia, as well for as former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych.

Manafort faces an even broader array of charges pending in a separate nevertheless related case in Washington, D.C., where he is actually scheduled to go on trial in September.

The names of the people supposed to be subpoenaed for appearance at trial were not revealed.

In addition to a blank space for their names, also left blank was the section in which instructs them to “bring with you the following documents, electronically stored information, or objects.”

Manafort’s co-defendant, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty in February to the reduced charges of one count of conspiracy against the United States as well as also one particular count of producing a false statement. Gates also worked on the Trump campaign.

Manafort as well as also Gates are just one of numerous people targeted by Mueller, who was originally tasked with investigating Russian interference inside the 2016 presidential election.

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