Lawyers from Paul Manafort have suggested that President Donald Trump makes it difficult for his ex-campaign leader to get a fair trial when he asked a judge for an indictment for Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller of Washington DC Federal Court.
His lawyers also said that Manafort "has become an unwilling player in the larger drama between Mr. Mueller and President Trump" ̵
Trump has repeatedly flayed Müller's investigation in the presidential elections of 2016 into the Russian world of interest and described a possible collusion by Trump's campaign as a "witch hunt".
The defense team also noted t In the presidential election in DC, nearly 91 percent of the vote went to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, with Trump receiving just 4.1 percent of the vote.
"It is not difficult to expect that the voters who supported Secretary Clinton would be biased against Mr. Manafort, or that the voters who supported President Trump would be less inclined to follow the Special Adviser," wrote the attorneys at Manafort; "This split is more balanced in other places like Roanoke, Virginia, in the western district of Virginia."
The request to postpone the trial comes one week after Manafort was convicted of eight taxes and bank fraud after his first trial in Alexandria, Va. This case was also filed by Mueller.
Manafort's lawyers demanded in July that the first trial for bank fraud and tax fraud should also be transferred to Roanoke. This request had also called negative publicity as the main reason for postponing the procedure. But the request was rejected.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Manafort's lawyers at a hearing on Tuesday that she did not want to prejudge her planned request to postpone the trial, but also noted that the DC federal court has been acting senior cases in the past ,
Jackson also pointed out that a prospective jury questionnaire "would allow us to find a fair and impartial jury."
In their application, Manafort Trump's attorneys themselves blamed Manafort's legal problem for some of the intense media coverage.
After Jackson revoked Manafort's $ 10 million detention on June 15 for attempting to manipulate witnesses, Trump tweeted that his former campaign chief had received a "tough verdict."
Manafort's attorneys noted that Trump's language falsely pointed out that Manafort had been convicted during this hearing for committing a crime.
"This court reversed the release of Mr. Manafort and referred him to the custo dy," the lawyers at Manafort wrote in their application.
"This event sparked a wave of very negative news, pointing out that Mr. Manafort violated the law, in fact, even the President's answer on Twitter, noting that Mr. Manafort was a & # 39; & # 39 ;, who falsely suggested that Mr. Manafort had been convicted of a crime, "wrote the defense team.
In fact, following the submission of US lawyers, Manafort had been arrested on charges that he and Russian citizen Konstantin Kilimnik had tried to manipulate potential witnesses to the case.
The longtime Republican activist is accused of money laundering in the Washington case, does not register as a foreign agent and manipulates witness
Both the DC case and that in Virginia refer to counseling work, the Manafort, 69, for one Pro-Russian political party in Ukraine along with its then-employee Rick Gates undertook.
This work was prior to the hiring of the two men by Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.
Gates earlier this year pleaded guilty to misrepresenting and conspiring after he was indicted by Mueller along with Manafort.
Manafort has expressed all not guilty. He is being held incommunicado in a jail in Alexandria
On Wednesday, Mueller intends to file a paperwork in the Virginia case to inform the judge if he intends to use Manafort for the remaining 11 counts that the jury could not access. to reach judgment