A federal judge in Alexandria has postponed the trial of former Trump campaign director Paul Manafort until July 31st
Defender Kevin Downing had argued that the trial, which was due to start on Wednesday, has not yet reached tens of thousands to fight documents that were recently made available by prosecutors.
"There are stocks and good reasons on both sides," Judge TS Ellis III said
Ellis also approved and sealed applications to force five witnesses against Manafort to testify in court: James Brennan, Conor O & # 39; Brien, Donna Duggan, Cindy Laporta, Dennis Raico
Prosecutors Saying the Most Relevant Papers Recently, financial documents were handed over by Manafort's accountants, who his lawyers had to endure last summer.
Manafort had another defense team at that time. Downing said when the accountant was summoned by the government, the company demanded money to return it to Manafort.
"We thought we would get it by discovery, it's a lot cheaper," Downing said.
"It depends on how you calculate the spend," Ellis replied.
The trial will be the first to be prosecuted by the Special Envoy for investigating Russian interference in the 201
Wear crumpled green jumpsuit and wire goggles on Monday After hearing, Manafort spoke intensively with his defenders for several minutes before the hearing began.
Manafort renounced previous personal court hearings for being held in a jail in Alexandria two hours outside the courthouse. But Manafort is now in Alexandria's city jail, just a few blocks from the courthouse.
Downing in court said the defense also recently received 40,000 pages of documents from the phones and computers of Richard Gates, Manafort's ex-business associate. Gates has pleaded guilty to two lawsuits in federal court in Washington DC and is scheduled to testify against Manafort.
US Attorney Uzo Asonye said most of these documents contain images that Gates downloaded while visiting websites and would not be part of the indictment. None are emails.
"I do not think that in this case, to my knowledge, there are exculpatory images," he said.
Downing said some of the downloaded data could be relevant notes that Gates wrote to himself: "It's up to us to review these documents," he said.
The defense also calls on Ellis to keep details of Manafort's work for the Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych, who was forced out of power by protests against corruption and corruption by the jury
Manafort is being accused of offshore bank accounts to use to hide millions of dollars he has made for Yanukovich and his political party.
In the federal district court, Manafort is accused of not having registered as a foreign agent. But in the case of financial crime in Alexandria, his lawyers argue, there is no need to be concerned with the source of Manafort's funds.
"The fact that Mr. Manafort has done foreign consulting work and that he has been paid for this work is not contentious," wrote Defense Counsel. "Evidence for Mr. Yanukovych, the Party of Regions, and the work Mr. Manafort performed on their behalf, pose a significant risk that the jury will be distracted from Yanukovich's controversial term as President of Ukraine, his removal from power in the Center of public protests, charges of treason, which was raised by the Ukrainian government against him, and his current exile in Russia. "
The special adviser pushed back and wrote in a Sunday announcement that the work of Manafort in Ukraine tax and bank fraud fees are relevant to both
"Evidence of Manafort's significant work for Ukraine is needed to identify the source of Manafort's money and quantify its income," Asonye wrote. "In addition, Yanukovych's power loss in 2014 is very relevant to explain the dramatic decline in Manafort's income in and after 2014 – leading to the defendant's involvement in the strained banking frauds."
Special Adviser Robert S. Mueller III last week published a list of nearly 500 pieces of evidence that prosecutors could present to a jury, including e-mails and memos discussing strategies with and for Yanukovych.
The two sides will debate a questionnaire on Tuesday, which will be presented to potential jurors] Manafort wants Ellis, the judge, the jury to ask where they get their news from, how big their involvement in politics is and whether 2016 have chosen. The government is interested in whether the jurors have strong views on the Internal Revenue Service and tax laws, Mueller and Manafort themselves.