A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, has approved special counsel Robert Mueller’s request to grant immunity for five witnesses so they can testify in the criminal trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, reports CNN.
US District Judge T.S. Ellis ordered the government on Monday to make public a list of about 30 witnesses they are going to use in the trial.
Ellis is also expected to rule Monday on Manafort’s request to delay the trial, slated to start this week.
Last week, Ellis ordered that the trial remain in Alexandria after Manafort’s attorneys sought to move the venue away from Washington.
The Hill notes:
Manafort is facing multiple charges related to alleged financial crime from work before he joined the Trump campaign. He has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is being held in a Virginia jail ahead of his trial on Tuesday.
The trial in Alexandria will be the first of two criminal trials for Manafort, who is also facing separate charges in D.C. Among the charges are money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department. That trial is set to begin in September.