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The Federal court granted immunity to five witnesses in exchange for testimony in the case against the former head of the election headquarters of Donald trump Paul Manafort.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied wrongdoing.

According to court filings unsealed by Ellis on Monday, Mueller had requested immunity for Dennis Raico, Cindy Laporta, Conor O'Brien, Donna Duggan and James Brennan.

It had been scheduled to begin Wednesday in Alexandria, Va., but Ellis agreed to delay it until July 31.

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller alleges Manafort led a "lavish lifestyle" in the United States off of "hidden wealth" stashed in foreign countries - without paying US taxes.

The charges against Manafort largely pre-date the two months he led Trump's campaign in 2016 when the businessman and former reality TV star won the Republican Party nomination and none relate to possible collusion by Trump's campaign with Russian Federation.

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"I'm just not sure what looking at pictures is going to do for their case", said Uzo Asonye, a prosecutor working with Mueller's team. The Kremlin denies election interference and Trump denies collusion.

Manafort faces a second criminal trial in Washington in September on related charges, including witness tampering, in connection with lobbying work he performed for the former pro-Russia Ukrainian government.

According to the government, the head of that bank, former Trump Campaign economic adviser Stephen Calk, was interested in getting a position within the Trump Administration. "You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever". Ellis made it clear that he generally believes that prosecutors' motives are not relevant at trial, but said Manafort's lawyers could approach him during the trial, to make the argument in its "then-living color" as it comes up.

Manafort's lawyers have sought to exclude some of the exhibits, arguing that they are irrelevant and would prejudice the jurors, but Mueller's office said the documents are pertinent.

"These 120,000 pages are really at the heart of the issue", Manafort lawyer Kevin Downing argued Monday.


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